Japan’s generics market challenges foreign API makers | May 16, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 20 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 20 | pp. 30-31
Issue Date: May 16, 2016

Japan’s generics market challenges foreign API makers

In-country trading firms play a major role in assisting the import of active pharmaceutical ingredients
Department: Business
Keywords: generics, Japan, API, CPhI

Japan is legendary for its focus—many would say obsession—on producing high-quality products. When it comes to sourcing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), Japanese generic drug firms are equally exacting with the requirements that they place on their suppliers.

“We need to custom-manufacture for Japan actives that we already sell in the U.S. and Europe,” said Portia Lin, vice president of marketing and sales at the Taiwanese custom drug manufacturer ScinoPharm, at the CPhI Japan trade show . . .

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