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Novartis gets EU approval for Cushing's drug
April 25, 2012 / 5:27 AM / 6 years ago

Novartis gets EU approval for Cushing's drug

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drug maker Novartis AG NOVN.VX said on Wednesday it has won European Union approval for its Signifor as the first medical therapy for Cushing’s disease, a rare hormonal disorder.

A man walks past the logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG in front of a plant in Basel October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Signifor, which is designed for Cushing’s disease patients who cannot have surgery or for whom surgery has not been successful, had already won a green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in January.

Cushing’s is caused by a small tumour of the pituitary gland making too much of a hormone. Standard treatment is surgical removal of the tumour, but this does not always work.

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