What This Breakthrough Designation Means for Alexion Pharmaceuticals

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The FDA recently instituted the "breakthrough therapy designation" as a way to more quickly get drugs for serious, unmet medical needs to the market. Today, orphan drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals  was the latest biotech to announce that its experimental hypophosphatasia drug has been granted this designation. In the following video, health-care analyst Max Macaluso discusses the importance of this news for both patients and investors.

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