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Japan's drug regulator PMDA plans India office

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15-Oct-15 Japan's drug regulator, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), is set to open an India office soon. The move is expected to help Indian generic drug manufacturers, which have been seeking to increase their presence in Japan either through exports or by forging joint ventures with partners in that country. [image: The Economic Times]

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Vetter announces office in Japan

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15-Oct-15 Vetter, a global leader in aseptic manufacturing of drug-delivery systems, has announced a new business entity in Japan. As the second largest pharmaceutical single market, Japan is home to a number of leading global companies which offer a promising injectable pipeline. [image: Business Wire]

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Indian drug retailers protest against e-pharmacies

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14-Oct-15 Indian drug retailers shut up shop for the day on Wednesday to protest against the country's growing online pharmacy industry, and threatened to close indefinitely if the government did not shut down e-pharmacies. The nationwide protest was supported by as many as 850,000 chemists, leaving patients waiting in long queues. [image: Reuters]

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Philippines government vows to improve healthcare

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12-Oct-15 According to the 2015 Quality of Death index, the Philippines lacks a strategy for palliative care, making Manila the worst place to die after Iraq and Bangladesh. Although the government has palliative care programs, its major thrust is universal healthcare. “We are improving the services of PhilHealth, and the number of health issues under its coverage has increased,” said a spokesperson. [image: Philstar]

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Queensland sees increase in outpatient telehealth

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10-Sep-15 Queensland has seen a 42% increase in outpatient telehealth services in the 2015 financial year, while inpatient consultations doubled off a low base. Oncology consultations led outpatient services provided, while geriatric and general medical/surgical consultations saw the most growth for inpatient telehealth. Queensland has over 3,000 systems in over 200 hospitals and clinics. [image: Pulse + IT]

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