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The policy environment in Japan has become increasingly unpredictable and challenging. The Japanese market is losing its attractiveness.

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James Feliciano, the country manager for Abbevie Inc, who also heads the American lobby PhRMA in Japan. Japan's three major pharmaceutical lobbies have joined for the first time in urging reforms to the government's drug-pricing system to avoid losing out on investment and new drugs.

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In other words, they want sky high drug prices like those of the US. Japan does a good job at keeping the prices of medicine low, and this must really irritate US pharmaceutical companies!

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pharma man is desperate about sales.

how about to talk about building of natural body immunity?

to keep people away from using of unecessary drugs?

say healthy food,drink,healthy living style,promore sport,active life in nature...sure this guy will never do so as his business survives from sick or sickeden population and as soon as more people will be healthy his business will go down...

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quote: Japan does a good job at keeping the prices of medicine low.

Really? Weak OTC painkillers in Japan are about 10x the cost of OTC opioids in the UK.

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The last few times I've been to USA for business, I've taken out health insurance. Just not worth the risk in a country where even Cuba-style free healthcare isn't available for US citizens. Luckily, I've never needed to access their healthcare

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Crying for no reasons. Of course the huge and quickly aging society here is their best flagship, right after the U.S. home market and the many addicted there. His concerns may be about the time of a day and its only available 24 hours for commercials on TV promoting pharmaceutical products without interruption by news or movies. Yes, that’s soon limited and can’t be expanded. Expose yourself to the maximum for fun, just switch on one of those BS channels and then count how often you have to switch the channel until you find something else than a pharma products CM. lol

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Sounds like a pitch for more profit margin. No sane society would want to go down the US health care path or more accurately lack of health care path. It is a system which is specifically designed to maximise profits not provide healthy outcomes for the population.

If they are making a pitch like this it probably means they are already over charging and a pitch like this will distract and they hope protect their extortionate profits by a well known sales technique known as selling fear.

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quote: Japan does a good job at keeping the prices of medicine low.

Really? Weak OTC painkillers in Japan are about 10x the cost of OTC opioids in the UK.

Basic drugs such as Sudafed are completely banned in Japan, giving people in Japan a high priced, limited market. (It probably worth pointing out here, by the way, not to bring Sudafed to Japan. It is classed as a stimulant in Japan).

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I used to get a steroidal inhalant for chronic bronchitis in Japan. The product was made in the US and cost me about 1,300 yen.

Returning to the US, the same product in the same packaging was $273.

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