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US drug firm offers cure for blindness at $425,000 an eye

Spark Therapeutics says responsible price for Luxturna gene therapy ensures access for patients with retinal defect A drug whose inventors claim it can cure a rare form of blindness is to be one of the most expensive medicines ever sold at $850,000 (630,000). Luxturna is injected directly into the eye to address the root cause of visual impairment by replacing a defective gene in the retina. It is the first gene therapy to be approved for use in the US, and was given the go-ahead by the Federal Drug Administration…

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Disabled passenger forced by Japanese airline to crawl up stairs to board plane

Vanilla Air apologises after staff prevent friends from assisting member of a disability non-profit organisation An airline in Japan has apologised to a disabled passenger who was forced to crawl up a flight of stairs to board his plane. Hideto Kijima, who uses a wheelchair, had to hoist himself from the runway at a tiny airport on the resort island of Amami up to the aircraft door, after staff at Vanilla Air refused to allow his friends to carry him aboard. Kijima, who is paralysed from the waist down, has…

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