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PTC Therapeutics walked into fractious controversy when it bought the rights to a costly treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Now, with a pair of lawmakers pressuring the company to slash the drug’s price, the small biotech is politically penned in and running out of money.

The drug, Emflaza, carried an $89,000 annual list price when it won Food and Drug Administration approval in February, and PTC, which licensed it last week, has promised to bring that number down — but it’s yet to pick a price.

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