After winning FDA approval for its muscular dystrophy drug last week, Marathon Pharmaceuticals set the drug’s list price at $89,000 a year – 50 to 70 times greater than what most U.S. patients have paid for decades by importing the drug from Europe.
Marathon’s drug is a corticosteroid, deflazacort, that has been shown to improve muscular strength in patients with a rare type of muscular dystrophy. The drug wasn’t previously sold in the U.S. because companies did not see it as profitable enough to warrant pursuing regulatory appro
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