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Bluebird Hangs $1.8 Million Price Tag on Zynteglo

June 21, 2019

Bluebird Bio has set a high price in Europe for its gene therapy for a rare blood disease, pricing Zynteglo at $1.8 million.

The European Commission handed Zynteglo (autologous CD34+ cells encoding BA-T87Q-globin gene) conditional marketing approval on June 3 for patients aged 12 years and older that suffer from a rare form of anemia, transfusion-dependent B-thalassemia.

Patients with TDT must receive blood transfusions for life, which puts them at risk for organ failure because of iron overload. The approval was supported by data from a Phase 1/2 trial, which showed three of the four patients were able to go without a transfusion for at least a year after taking the drug.

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