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Roche Korea operates an Onew, a lifestyle platform for people in their 50s and 60s. It develops and operates as a platform enabling seniors to experience leisure, hobbies, and cultural-related services and interact with other seniors. The company's application provides users with customized recommendations for activities that suit their tastes. The company was founded in 2020 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
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Sep 8, 2023
(Credit: Getty Images) After Roche Korea decided to withdraw its Parkinson's syndrome cure, Madopar, Korean patients called for measures to ensure the public’s trust in the quality of generic drugs. They also stressed the need to strengthen the standards for bioequivalence testing, which confirms the equivalence of generic drugs to the original drug. Although the Ministry of Health and Welfare said it would strive to resupply Madopar “withdrawn from the domestic market, discussions on resupply have stalled. Since the supply stoppage, Parkinson's patients have been prescribed copycat drugs with proven bioequivalence but complain about side effects. Following Roche Korea's decision to withdraw its Parkinson's syndrome drug Madopar from Korea, Parkinson's patients are calling for measures to ensure public trust in the quality of copycat drugs. (Captured from Petition24) A recent posting on Petition24, an online public petition site, asked to "verify the validity of the bioequivalence test, the standard for generic drugs.” The petitioner claimed to have experienced side effects from taking generic drugs, which made her question the validity of bioequivalence testing. The petition is open for public comment until Oct. 6 before being tabled for discussion. "I take medication every day. Some years ago, generic drugs began to be produced after originals’ patents expired,” said the petitioner, who has been suffering from Parkinson's syndrome for 20 years. “The emergence of generic drugs is a natural phenomenon, and I have been prescribed generic drugs that are relatively inexpensive. All of them have passed bioequivalence testing." The petitioner said some generic drugs showed side effects not seen in the original drug, and some had different mechanisms of action that made patients suspicious. Among Parkinson's drugs, some, such as PK-Merz Tab, show the same effect as the original despite being a copycat, forcing patients to doubt the validity of the bioequivalence test, he added. The petitioner requested that the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety activate a team of experts to validate bioequivalence testing. "Even if a drug passes the bioequivalence test, it may have different effects and side effects. We want the government to see if anything else can be added to the bioequivalence test, if we need new standards, and create an international standard for bioequivalence recognized worldwide," the petitioner said. He noted that the biggest fear of Parkinson's patients is that the original drug manufacturers will withdraw from Korea due to poor-quality generics. "No matter how cheap the drug is, if one has to take a poor-quality generic instead of a good one, who will accept it?" he said. “This is the fear of Parkinson's patients now, but shortly, it will be the fear of all Koreans who take generic drugs for other diseases.”
Roche Korea Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was Roche Korea founded?
Roche Korea was founded in 2020.
Where is Roche Korea's headquarters?
Roche Korea's headquarters is located at 76 Samcheong-ro, Seoul.
What is Roche Korea's latest funding round?
Roche Korea's latest funding round is Seed - IV.
Who are the investors of Roche Korea?
Investors of Roche Korea include The Invention LAB, TIPS Program, CNT Tech, L-CAMP and Lotte Ventures.