NHS to fund drug that prolongs lives of children with muscle-wasting disease

Spinraza to be made available to spinal muscular atrophy patients

A drug that could prolong the lives of children with a rare muscle-wasting disease has been approved by the NHS in England after lengthy negotiations with the manufacturer over the high price.

Spinraza could help between 600 and 1,200 children and adults in England and Wales who have the genetic condition spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). It affects the nerves in the spinal cord, making muscles weaker and causing problems with movement, breathing and swallowing. It can shorten the life expectancy of babies and toddlers.

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Source : NHS to fund drug that prolongs lives of children with muscle-wasting disease