S. Korea notes rise in rare, emerging diseases | Scotland increases support for patient access to new medicines | Changes could be coming to U.K.'s Cancer Drugs Fund
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October 9, 2014
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S. Korea notes rise in rare, emerging diseases
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in South Korea noted that 112,850 people in the country contracted rare diseases in 2013, an increase of about 23% over 2012. Diseases included dengue infections, up 69% over last year, as well as Lyme disease, chikungunya, bacillary dysentery and melioidosis. The center attributed the increase to a rise in travel and imported foods. BioSpectrum Asia (10/7)
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Scotland increases support for patient access to new medicines
Scotland will double its funding to improve patient access to new medicines, making more than $64 million available through the New Medicines Fund, which recently replaced the Rare Conditions Medicines Fund. The fund is financed by pharmaceutical industry rebates to the Scottish government established under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry expressed its support for using Price Regulation Scheme payments to increase access. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (10/7)
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Changes could be coming to U.K.'s Cancer Drugs Fund
NHS England is seeking input on three proposals that will change how the Cancer Drugs Fund operates. The group is considering an option for drugmakers to change prices so their products continue to be covered and a re-evaluation that would remove drugs with the least clinical benefit. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (10/5)
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Asia Pacific
Asian orthobiologics market could hit $700M in 4 years, report says
A report from MicroMarketMonitor predicts that by 2018, the Asian orthobiologics market could be worth about $700 million, driven in large part by increased expenditures from the rising middle class and the aging population. The Asian market is dominated by Japan, which made up 40% of the market share this year. BeckersSpine.com (10/6)
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FDA approves emergency use of experimental drug to fight Ebola
The FDA has authorized Chimerix to provide physicians with brincidofovir to be used in patients with Ebola. Laboratory research suggests that the experimental oral antiviral drug may be effective against the virus. Fox Business/The Associated Press (10/6)
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Costly specialty drugs offer value for the money, study finds
A study in the journal Health Affairs found that specialty drugs offer reasonable value because they tend to confer greater benefits despite having higher costs compared with traditional drugs. The health care industry is facing the challenge of making sure drugs are affordable without thwarting drugmakers' financial incentives to invest in research to develop innovative treatments, Jason Millman writes. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (10/6)
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WHO releases guidance on use of blood transfusion against Ebola
An interim guidance on treating Ebola infection with blood transfusion has been issued by the World Health Organization. While blood collected from Ebola survivors has not been proven as effective, the treatment has been prioritized for further investigation. BeckersHospitalReview.com (10/7)
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Merck Serono partners with U.K. groups to develop cancer drugs
Merck Serono has entered into a cancer-drug discovery and development deal with the Institute of Cancer Research and the Wellcome Trust in the U.K. The project will focus on Merck Serono and the institute's tankyrase inhibitor research programs. Merck Serono will get the rights to further develop the selected drug candidate when the collaboration ends. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (10/7)
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Report: Medtech market sales could reach $514B by 2020
An EvaluateMedTech report projects that the medical-device market could see $514 billion in sales over the next six years, with the in vitro diagnostics segment expected to account for the biggest sales growth. Meanwhile, worldwide research and development expenditures in the sector could hit $30.5 billion by 2020, according to the report presented at the 2014 AdvaMed conference being held this week. BeckersSpine.com (10/6)
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Report pegs global patient monitoring market at $29.7B
The global market for patient monitoring systems is currently valued at $29.7 billion, a 7% increase from 2013, according to a Kalorama Information report. Bruce Carlson, Kalorama's publisher, attributes this growth in part to the transition to remote or wireless systems and the need to reduce the amount of time patients spend in the hospital. MobiHealthNews.com (10/7)
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