Turkey Spinraza Access Scheme Falls Far Short Of Demand
Turkey has agreed to provide the high-priced spinal muscular atrophy drug Spinraza for free to up to 20 children, but has so far not been able to reach an agreement with the producer to procure the drug at a reduced price or add it to the reimbursement list.
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