Bluebird Bio (BLUE) won’t be selling the world’s most expensive drug. The second priciest? Yup.

Zynteglo, the one-and-done gene therapy for beta thalassemia newly approved in Europe, will carry a price tag of $1.8 million, Bluebird announced Friday. Only Zolgensma, the Novartis (NVS) gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, is priced higher, at $2.1 million.

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  • My sister has beta thalassemia — I’m so happy that this treatment is real and is being brought to market.

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