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Spinal Muscular Atrophy Added to Recommended Uniform Screening Panel


At the time of the evidence review, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Utah, and Wisconsin initiated pilot programs or whole-population mandated screening for SMA. Of the three states that reported costs, all reported costs of $1 or less per screen.

The research for the evidence review was funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. No disclosures were provided for evidence review group members.

—Tara Haelle


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