Monthly Archives: November 2003

The Generic Retribution
The generic industry has always been overshadowed by branded pharmaceuticals. The government policies and the mandate have also always favored branded pharmaceuticals. However, as the lawmakers come face to face with the rising drug costs and unmanageable healthcare expenditure, and in wake of growing public outcry, the government�s stance seems to softening. The generic industry�s appeals, which have been falling to deaf ears for so long, are finally being heard.

Analyzing Brand-name and Generic Drug Costs in the U.S. and Eight Other Countries
A new Wharton study comparing average prices for pharmaceuticals in nine countries � the United States, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom � shows that average prices are highest in Japan, while prices in other countries are between 6% and 33% lower than prices in the U.S. Canada�s prices are the lowest.

States flock to biotech like gamblers to lottery tickets
Florida lawmakers last month approved a $310 million biotech research center proposed by Gov. Jeb Bush just three months ago. New York launched a media campaign in September to woo more biotech investors. In the past two years, New Mexico, Kentucky and Arkansas started venture-capital funds to attract and nurture biotech start-ups.

Dozens of other states might be next. A recent Brookings Institution report notes that biotech ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 target for 83% of 113 state and local economic agencies nationwide.