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Some parents upset after trial halted for autism drug

Anders Zorovic’s last visit to the dentist was uneventful. His mother, Becky, did not have to hold him down, screaming and crying. The 11-year-old from Sharon simply sat still as the dentist scraped away at his teeth.

Anders has autism and a closely related genetic condition called fragile X. He has been calmer since taking an experimental treatment known as arbaclofen that his mother credits for his peaceful climb into the dentist’s chair, and the first real family conversations at the dinner table.

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