FDA approves first gene remedy for hemophilia B

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The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration on Tuesday accepted the primary gene remedy to deal with individuals with hemophilia B, an inherited bleeding dysfunction, STAT writes. The one-time therapy, referred to as Hemgenix, was developed by the Dutch biotech firm UniQure and shall be marketed by CSL Behring, an Australian pharmaceutical firm. Hemgenix will price $3.5 million, making it the costliest drug accepted up to now. The approval of Hemgenix gives physicians with a brand new, probably healing therapy possibility for sufferers with extreme hemophilia B, a uncommon bleeding dysfunction brought on by a genetic mutation that stops the physique from producing enough portions of a clotting protein referred to as Issue IX.

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