Novartis Ilaris Approved For Rare Autoinflammatory Disorder; Filings For More Common Diseases Planned
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Development portfolio for interleukin-1ß blocker is sign of success for Novartis proof of concept R&D development model.
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