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$125k a Dose? Price of Game-Changing Drug for Kids Frustrates Seattle Doctor

$125k a Dose? Price of Game-Changing Drug for Kids Frustrates Seattle Doctor

After 20 years of treating people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Dr. Susan Apkon believes she finally has a treatment that can change her patients’ lives. She’s talking about a new drug called Spinraza, which the FDA approved in December. At Seattle Children’s Hospital, Apkon has already started treatment on around 25 kids with SMA, a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system and robs patients of their muscle control and strength.

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