Japan Approves Leqembi, All Eyes Now On Extended Pricing Discussions
Concizumab, Tenapanor, Others Get Nods
Japan's latest batch of product approvals includes high-profile Alzheimer's drug Leqembi (lecanemab), along with Alhemo (concizumab) for hemophilia, Phozevel (tenapanor) for hyperphosphatemia and others. Eyes are now on the shape of use guidelines and monitoring requirements for Leqembi, along with how its extended NHI reimbursement pricing process will develop. All going well, it could reach the market by the end of the year.
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