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Uptake of Novel Therapies in China and the Impact of Geography, Insurance and Patient Income Levels

By Pieter De Richter, Synovate Healthcare

While drugs in novel therapeutic classes often show a dramatic uptake in Western countries – even when priced significantly above existing classes – these products tend to take much longer to have an impact in China, and their peak shares are often much lower than in the US and EU, or even other APAC countries. The chart below (Figure 1) illustrates this reality, using the uptake of monoclonal antibodies for drug-treated cancer patients as two example of this discrepancy. This data was taken from Synovate Healthcare’s China Oncology Monitor, based on a sample of over 500 cancer-treating physicians per wave, and a patient sample of over 11,000 drug-treated cancer patients per year from tier I and II cities; the Australian data, included for comparison, is based on Synovate Healthcare’s Australia Oncology Monitor.

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