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EU Orphan Designations Fall Sharply In 2017

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The number of medicines awarded orphan designation in the EU has fallen for the first time since 2013. In 2017 there were 144, considerably fewer than in 2016 when there were 209. In the meantime, orphan drug advocacy group Eurordis says radical change is needed if patients are to have broader access to these important but often highly priced drugs.

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