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Drug shows improvement in symptoms of autism in children


RYE, N.Y. — A drug in late-stage clinical trials appears to treat the symptoms of autism, the drug's developer said Wednesday.

Curemark announced results of the phase-3 trial of CM-AT in children ages 3 to 8 years. The company said the drug had a statistically significant effect on symptoms of autism compared with placebo. The Food and Drug Administration has granted the drug fast-track status, which it does for investigational drugs to treat serious or life-threatening conditions that may address unmet medical needs.

"We are extremely pleased with the results of our trial," Curemark CEO Joan Fallon said. "We wish to thank all the children and their parents who participated in the study and look forward to a full review of the data by the FDA."

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