Japan Ends Full Coverage For COVID Therapeutics, Pharma Braces For Price Cuts
Japan has started the stepped reduction of reimbursement of COVID-19 drugs under its national health insurance scheme, aiming to lower this to standard levels by April 2024. Oral antiviral Xocova also looks set to receive a one-off special price cut, over which the local industry has expressed its concerns.
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Japan will end full reimbursement coverage for COVID-19 therapeutic drugs from October, after downgrading the status of the virus to the same level as seasonal flu in early May. As authorities discuss the possible coverage reduction, a larger than usual price cut may also be applied to Shionogi's oral COVID antiviral Xocova.
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