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Novartis (NVS) won U.S. regulatory approval for its new multiple sclerosis drug Mayzent, which targets patients whose disease has shifted from intermittent attacks to a gradually worsening progression, Reuters writes. The drug will have an $88,000 list price, which is “well above commonly cited thresholds for cost-effectiveness,” according to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. Nonetheless, this is less than rival MS drugs, and because it’s the only drug approved for secondary progressive MS, Jefferies analyst Peter Welford forecasts peak annual worldwide sales of $1.25 billion.

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