Ole Mølskov Bech
EFPIA Japan was established in 2002, and represents 24 R&D-based European pharmaceutical companies operating in the Japanese market. We are the voice of the European innovative pharmaceutical industry in Japan. Our mission is to contribute to the welfare of the Japanese population through the provision of innovative pharmaceuticals and vaccines without delay.
Combined sales from EFPIA member companies account for around one-quarter of the pharmaceutical market in Japan, and our member companies are all very active in research and development, together generating nearly one-third of all the new drugs introduced in Japan in recent years. In terms of both sales and the development of new treatments, we are therefore an important part of the Japanese health care universe.
The demands on the global as well as the Japanese healthcare environments are undergoing rapid change, and healthcare systems have to evolve in response to the increasing demands. EFPIA Japan engages in constructive dialogue with the government and other stakeholders in order to address current issues and to find solutions that will support a healthcare system able to meet the challenges of e.g. an ageing population or new advanced medical technologies being made available. We actively share best practices from Europe within Japan and make contributions to the policy debate, based on the following four desired outcomes that we believe all stakeholders can support:
- Sustainability of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC)
- Patient access to innovation
- Predictability and stability
- Reward for innovation
The R&D-based pharmaceutical industry has contributed greatly to the extension of life and the improvement of quality of life for patients around the world. EFPIA Japan is committed to furthering this contribution to the patients and the people of Japan.