Alnylam Pharmaceuticals said this week that the US Food and Drug Administration has given orphan drug status to the company's investigational transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis ALN-TTR02 as a treatment for familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy, a common manifestation of the disease.

The designation provides a drugmaker with, among other things, extended market exclusivity for its product, tax credits, and marketing incentives.

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