Study Group on Unapproved and Off-label Drugs of High Medical Need

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The objective of the Study Group is to evaluate medical need, investigate necessary studies for market approval, and request company to develop medicinal products to solve the problem of unapproved drug and off- label use with medical need. Public consultations are conducted to gather requests from public.

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In Japan, drugs, medical devices, and regenerative medical products can be designated as orphan drugs, medical devices, or regenerative medical products based on the Article 77-2 of the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy and Safety of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Regenerative and Cellular Therapy Products, Gene Therapy Products, and Cosmetics if they are intended for use in basically less than 50 000 patients in Japan and for which there is a high medical need.

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