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Novartis (NVS), which last week reported positive interim data for its experimental spinal muscular atrophy treatment, disclosed that an investigation is underway into whether a second clinical trial death could be related to the treatment, Reuters writes. The drug maker also reported that in addition to the death, a 6-month-old patient with type 1 SMA had recently died after undergoing treatment with the therapy, called Zolgensma, in a European trial. Food and Drug Administration approval is expected within weeks. The FDA submission was based on findings from a trial of 15 babies.

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