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French Market Survives On New Generics

Greater Emphasis On Biosimilars Urged By Gemme As Uptake Stalls

Executive Summary

After a year that French industry association Gemme says has demonstrated the importance of a sustainable generics sector, the market continued to grow purely due to the contribution made by newly genericized molecules.

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