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US Company Awarded UK's First "Promising Innovative Medicine" Designation

By Leela Barham. The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has awarded Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. (Bethesda, MD) the very first “Promising Innovative Medicine”, or PIM designation, for the company’s DCVax-L product.
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UK Postpones Decision on Value-Based Assessment — Again

By Leela Barham. Value-based Pricing (VBP) was first discussed as far back as 2007 by the UK’s consumer authority, the now defunct Office of Fair Trading (OFT).  The general concept of VBP was to set almost provisional prices based on the expected value of new medicines using immature data, with provisions to ‘correct’ the price […]
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What's the Future of European Health Policy?

What can be gleaned about the direction that health policy will take for the next five years under the new European Commission, scheduled to take office at the beginning of November? Peter O’ Donnell address this question in his new Applied Clinical Trials column here.
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PPRS Payments Now Worth £150m in the UK

By Leela Barham. A second payment has now been made under the UK’s Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS). Adding a further £76m to the £74m for the first quarter of 2014, the payments received by the Department of Health (DH) now total £150m (US$244m).  Payments are a new feature of the long-standing voluntary PPRS. The […]
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Biopharma's Top Offshore Destinations

Biopharmaceutical manufacturing is following the general pharmaceutical market trend toward global expansion. BioPlan Associates’ 11th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Capacity and Production identifies the markets best poised to profit from the internationalization of the outsourcing, finding that emerging markets such as China and India are among top potential destinations for both US and Western […]
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