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Therapy to treat blindness may become reality soon

The approval of Spark Therapeutics Inc's Luxturna therapy would pave the way for new payment models for drugs, particularly in the US

Caroline Chen & Zachary Tracer | Bloomberg 

A treatment that can stop patients from going blind is poised to be the first gene therapy for an inherited condition approved in the US, in what would be a major scientific milestone — and also open the door for record-breaking drug prices and novel ways to pay for them. Spark Therapeutics Inc’s Luxturna therapy crossed a key hurdle Thursday when it won backing from a group of advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After discussing the trial design, treatment procedure and safety profile, the panel of 16 experts voted unanimously that the drug’s ...

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First Published: Sat, October 14 2017. 23:22 IST