US clears breakthrough gene therapy for childhood leukemia
September 1, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.
The Food and Drug Administration said the approval on Wednesday was historic, the first gene therapy to hit the U.S. market. Made from scratch for every patient, it's one of a wave of "living drugs" under development to fight additional blood cancers and other tumors, too.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals set the price for its one-time infusion of so-called "CAR-T cell...