Hope for sickle cell disease sufferers, with first treatment in 30 years

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The first breakthrough drug in 30 years for people living with sickle cell disease has been announced by drugs firm Novartis.

Adakveo is the first targeted sickle cell disease therapy for prevention of recurrent crises attacks for use in Europe.

These attacks disrupt patients’ lives physically, socially, and emotionally, and can increase risk of organ damage and early death.

Clinical data showed that use of Adakveo led to a significant reduction in their rate, and to fewer days spent in hospital.

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