On Nov. 19, Santhera Pharmaceuticals announced publication of long-term data from its SYROS study showing a reduction of decline in lung function in people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who were treated with idebenone, the company’s experimental therapy for respiratory symptoms associated with DMD. The data from the retrospective study was published in the journal Neuromuscular . . .
On Dec. 12, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to golodirsen (Vyondys 53) for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients amenable to skipping exon 53. It is the second exon-skipping, disease-modifying drug to treat DMD, the most common childhood form of muscular dystrophy. The drug is administered by intravenous . . .
On Nov. 25, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved riluzole oral film (Exservan) for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Exservan is an oral film formulation of riluzole (Rilutek), which has been available in tablet form to treat ALS for more than two decades. Exservan will be made available in the United . . .
Israel-based Kadimastem Ltd. announced positive interim results from the first cohort of its phase 1/2a clinical trial evaluating the safety, tolerability, and preliminary efficacy of AstroRx in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Results presented at the 7th International Stem Cell Meeting of the Israel Stem Cell Society held recently in Tel Aviv, Israel, showed that patients . . .
On Nov. 25, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) seeking approval under Priority Review for risdiplam, an investigational therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Priority Review status requires the FDA to review the application and decide on whether . . .
At the 24th Annual Congress of the World Muscle Society (WMS) held in October 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Zogenix presented positive results from its pivotal phase 2 retrospective clinical trial (RETRO) testing the safety and efficacy of pyrimidine nucleoside substrate enhancement therapy (SET) MT1621 for treating thymidine kinase 2 (TK2) deficiency. The experimental therapy was developed . . .
On Nov. 10, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced positive results from the second part of its pivotal phase 2/3 SUNFISH clinical trial assessing risdiplam in patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) types 2 or 3. The study met its primary endpoint, which was change from baseline in the Motor Function Measure 32 (MFM-32) . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .