Dravet Syndrome: A Rare Epilepsy, Now With Two Approved Treatments
Biocodex's Diacomit – long approved in the EU – just won FDA approval. That brings the number of drugs cleared for Dravet in the US to two, including GW Pharma's recently endorsed Epidiolex, and the R&D pipeline for this rare seizure disorder is growing.
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