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Solid Biosciences Releases Letter to DMD Community Announcing Hold on IGNITE DMD Trial Due to a Serious Adverse Event

Today, Solid Biosciences released a letter to the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community regarding the decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place the company’s IGNITE DMD clinical trial on hold because the latest child dosed experienced a serious adverse event (SAE). The full letter follows. Letter to the Duchenne Community: Update . . .

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What’s #GivingTuesday All About?

#GivingTuesday, annually held immediately after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping days following Thanksgiving, falls late this year on Dec. 3. But here at MDA, we’re already planning on how we can all join together during this Season of Will to celebrate the loved ones we know impacted by muscular dystrophy, ALS, and . . .

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Roche Genentech Releases Letter to DMD Community Announcing Discontinuation of Clinical Trials Program for DMD

Today, Roche Genentech released a letter to the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community regarding its decision to discontinue its DMD clinical development program. The full letter follows. Letter to the DMD community from Roche Genentech: Dear members of the Duchenne community, We are writing to share with you unfortunate news about our clinical development program . . .

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New MDA Educational Program Offers a Detailed View of SMA Treatment Landscape

MDA’s new Medical Education department was established in response to the growing need for clinician education in neuromuscular diseases. We are pleased to present our first CME-accredited webinar highlighting the treatment landscape for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA is a neuromuscular disorder that often presents as hypotonia and weakness shortly after birth. SMA is characterized . . .

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MDA Care Centers Combine Expert Care with Research, Clinical Trials, and Advanced Technology

At more than 150 of the leading healthcare institutions across the US, MDA Care Centers offer top clinical care to individuals living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and other neuromuscular diseases. Providing access to this expert multidisciplinary care, however, is just one way that Care Centers serve the neuromuscular community. MDA Care Centers are conducting clinical . . .

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AveXis Releases Letter to SMA Community: FDA Places Partial Hold on Clinical Trials for Intrathecally Delivered AVXS-101

On Oct. 30, AveXis released a letter to the spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) community regarding a decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a partial hold on clinical trials for intrathecal (IT) administration of AVXS-101. The full letter follows. The order stops enrollment of patients in the high-dose group of AveXis’ . . .

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Alert: Open Enrollment for 2020 Starts Today

Today marks the first day of open enrollment for the national Health Insurance Marketplace and many state health insurance marketplaces. If you purchase your health insurance from either the state or federal marketplace, it’s important that you take a look at the plans available for 2020 to ensure that they meet the needs of you . . .

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World Muscle Society Roundup: Clinical Trial Results of Treatments in Development for DMD, XLMTM, SMA, and Pompe Disease

Several biotech and pharma companies presented interim results at the 24th Annual Congress of the World Muscle Society (WMS) held earlier this month in Copenhagen, Denmark. This roundup covers a few of these updates. Catabasis Pharmaceuticals presented positive results from its phase 1/2 MoveDMD trial and open-label extension with edasalonexent in boys with Duchenne muscular . . .

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Reata Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results from Pivotal Study of Omaveloxolone in FA

Texas-based Reata Pharmaceuticals announced positive results of its pivotal phase 2 clinical trial (MOXIe) of omaveloxolone in patients with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). Patients treated with omaveloxolone showed a statistically significant improvement in the modified Friedreich’s Ataxia Rating Scale mFARS (a scale used to measure neurological function) after 48 weeks of treatment compared to placebo, and . . .

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