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In harsh tones, the Alzheimer’s Association sharply criticized Biogen (BIIB) for the $56,000 price tag placed on its newly approved Alzheimer’s treatment, a move that threatens to embroil the biotech company and its medication in yet another national controversy.

The patient advocacy group released a brief statement on Saturday calling the wholesale price “simply unacceptable” and that, for many people, it “will pose an insurmountable barrier to access … and may further deepen issues of health equity.” The organization expressed gratitude that the drug was approved in response to a “vast unmet need,” but called on Biogen to change the price.

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