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Novartis (NVS) is exploring working with the global reinsurance industry to help health systems bear the cost of a new generation of personalized therapies as the industry comes under pressure to devise funding models for ultra-expensive medicines, The Financial Times reports. The drug maker is “brainstorming” alternative financing possibilities for drugs that offer the prospect of curing patients of once-fatal diseases, potentially saving substantial healthcare costs down the line — but requiring enormous upfront outlays.

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