Rare disease is defined in the US as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. Photo: Bloomberg

Rare diseases are not uncommon, and may be the mother lode for the world’s pharmaceutical producers and researchers

  • Up to 30 million people live with as many as 7,000 types of rare diseases in the United States, the world’s largest and most advanced pharmaceutical market
  • US market for rare-disease drugs is estimated at US$43 billion, just under 10 per cent of the nation’s total drug spending
Topic |   Health in China

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Rare disease is defined in the US as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. Photo: Bloomberg
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Eric Ng

Eric Ng

Eric joined the SCMP in 1998 after brief stints in a trading company and translation and editing roles at Dow Jones and Edinburgh Financial Publishing. He has close to 20 years of experience covering China's energy, mining and industrial materials sectors, and has recently added biotechnology to his coverage. Eric has a Masters of Business Administration degree.