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4E: Late-stage trials are the most prevalent in India, with top therapeutic areas mimicking the global trend: diabetes, pulmonary diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis.
5A: China is the only BRIC country seeing an increase in the amount of clinical trials they are initiating every year. And clearly, large pharma lags behind Chinese-based trial initiations in that country. Recent developments in partnerships include AstraZeneca’s with Beijing’s premier clinical research laboratory, Pharmaron. Extensive networks of on-ground expertise with CROs is growing with entities like Novartis, Quintiles, Parexel, Covance’s central laboratory, and Catalant’s recently opened clinical trial supply facility in shanghai.
5E: Phase I trials must be performed in China with Chinese patients for all new drugs not already registered in another country. Due to the high incidence of local sponsors, however, early-stage trials are relatively elevated compared to other BRIC countries. Phase III trials are being initiated in oncology and pulmonology in numbers close to those of early-stage trials, which focus mainly on oncology.
SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Cortellis Competitive Intelligence