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Pfizer (PFE) won Food and Drug Administration approval for an oral drug called tafamidis to treat a rare and fatal heart disease called transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, Reuters says. Pfizer, which has touted the drug as a potential blockbuster product, set a list price of $225,000 a year for the medicine, which would be sold under the brand name Vyndaqel. It is the first medicine approved for the disease in the U.S., and analysts are forecasting annual sales to exceed $1 billion in 2024. Pfizer believes about 100,000 people in the U.S. have the condition, but most are not diagnosed.

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