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Two Novartis Drugs Win Backing in Final U.K. Leukemia Guidance

Novartis AG’s Tasigna and Glivec drugs won the backing of the U.K.’s health-cost agency for use against a rare blood cancer in final treatment guidelines.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence rejected a competing product, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s Sprycel, for use in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, the agency said in a statement today. The agency advises the National Health Service on which medicines represent value for money.

Novartis offered a price cut that allowed a recommendation for Tasigna, and the Basel, Switzerland-based company asked that the discount be kept confidential, the agency said.

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