Another candidate for Novartis' future blockbuster club is here. Friday, the Swiss drugmaker won FDA approval for Adakveo, the first targeted therapy to prevent the painful vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs) that come along with sickle cell disease. The nod came weeks ahead of schedule, even on top of a priority review doled out in July. Novartis has priced the new drug, meant for patients 16 and older, at a wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of $2,357 per vial. As it’s prescribed based on weight, most patients would take three or four vials a month. That would translate into WACs of $7,071, or $9,428, per month.