Novartis' cancer treatment Kymriah gets Japan nod at cost of $305,800

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Novartis' cancer treatment Kymriah gets Japan nod at cost of $305,800The Swiss drugmaker aims to use the one-time personalized therapy in Japan for children and young people with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and adult patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Novartis expects peak annual sales of 7.2 billion yen ($65.7 million) in Japan with up to 216 possible patients, according to a document submitted to the panel. Kymriah works by removing disease fighting T-cells from individual patients, modifying them to attack cancer, and then re-infusing them back into the patients.


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