Trump’s 4 Exec Orders to lower drugs prices and save $17bn – not what it seems

US President Trump signed four executive orders on the 24th July 2020 aimed at lowering drug prices and setting an International Price Index (IPI) for drugs. While the Covid-19 pandemic has muted calls for drug price reductions over the...

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Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a Covid-19 vaccine – but the ecosystem may suffer

In 2016 a synthetic alternative (rFC) to horseshoe crab blood, used in bacterial infection detection for injectable procedures, was licensed. And yet horseshoe crabs are both threatened with extinction and in line for preservation due to Covid-19 and its...

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How will the rise of biosimilars impact biologics

● Once patents expire for biologic medicines, a market opportunity opens up for biosimilars, a cheaper alternative. Biosimilars were mainly brought in to thwart the monopoly power of biologics in the pharmaceutical industry. ● Biosimilars are expected to increase at...

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Will virtual trial models provide the Covid-19 vaccine faster?

Covid-19 has given us a glimpse into the long and costly process of drug development. While health experts are speculating on a covid-19 vaccine by 2021, the reality is that the drug development process can take about 10-15 years...

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Will the FDA speed up the approval of new drugs?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA - US healthcare regulator) will endeavour to review many drugs applications in the next year in relation to coronavirus, but concerns are emerging that if the FDA follows its old ways it will...

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COVID-19 Supply Chain Impact and nutraceuticals including CBD: The Story So Far

The nutraceutical market has seen an uptick in demand despite the backdrop of widespread declines in global markets during March (though now largely rebounded) and a bearish outlook for global GDP. The bullish outlook for nutraceuticals is driven by...

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Why are drug prices rising faster than inflation?

Drug makers typically raise prices at the beginning of the year and this year is no different. Prices on 457 brand name drugs are due to increase this year by an average of 5.1%. (GoodRx). About 102 drug manufacturers,...

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Healthcare Industry Outlook 2020 Market Overview

The healthcare industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries globally. By 2040, the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicts that USD 25 trillion will be spent on healthcare up from US$ 11.9 trillion in 2018. Market consensus...

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Will the coronavirus rebuild life sciences?

The world’s fastest supercomputer has quickly identified an initial 8,000 possible chemicals that might, in more time, lead to one that could stop coronavirus and is safe to use on humans, so there is hope from several areas (both...

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Collaborative PhDs bring a big boost to small pharma and the life sciences

These are exciting times for the life sciences industry, with the opportunity for many new collaborations driving innovation. With the recent announcement that the UK government has acknowledged the vital role played by life sciences in driving Britain's economy, there will be new...

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