Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 2/3 Study of Tideglusib (AMO-02) in Children and Adolescents with Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy

Researchers at AMO Pharma Ltd are seeking children and adolescents living with congenital myotonic dystrophy (DM1), also known as Steinert’s disease, to participate in a phase 2/3 clinical trial (REACH CDM) to evaluate efficacy of the investigational drug tideglusib (AMO-02) to treat congenital DM1. Tideglusib is designed to disrupt the RNA repeat that causes congenital DM1, . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Early Phase Study of SRP-9001 in Boys with DMD

Researchers at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center are seeking 3-year-old boys living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), particularly in California, to participate in an early phase clinical trial (a new cohort of the ENDEAVOR trial) to evaluate efficacy of Sarepta’s investigational gene replacement therapy SRP-9001 to treat DMD. SRP-9001 uses an adeno-associated virus (AAVrh74) to introduce a . . .

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards 18 Grants Totaling Over $1.6 Million for Neuromuscular Disease Research

On Oct. 28, 2021 the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced the awarding of 18 new grants totaling over $1.6 million toward neuromuscular disease (NMD) research. These new grants represent a continued commitment by MDA to fund groundbreaking research that will one day lead to treatments and cures for the diseases in its program. The newly . . .

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Research Study Alert: Observational Study of Clinical and Electrophysiological Outcomes in Adults with CMT

Researchers at Ohio State University are seeking adults living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1 (CMT-1) and type 2 (CMT-2) to participate in a one-month observational study (CMT Establish). This study is designed to assess whether individuals with CMT-1 and CMT-2 exhibit altered communication between nerves and muscles, known as neuromuscular junction (NMJ) transmission, compared to healthy . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 3b Study of Oral Edaravone in Adults with ALS

Researchers at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Development America, Inc. (MTPA) are seeking adults living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to participate in a phase 3b clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of oral edaravone to treat ALS. Edaravone (brand name Radicava) was designed to help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, and was . . .

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Capricor Announces Positive Results from its Phase 2 Study of CAP-1002 to Treat DMD

On September 24, Capricor Therapeutics announced positive results at the World Muscle Society Virtual Congress from its phase 2 HOPE-2 trial of the investigational therapy CAP-1002 for treatment of people in advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The primary and secondary endpoints of the study, the improvement of upper limb and cardiac function, were met, . . .

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FDA approves Octapharma’s Octagam® 10% for Treatment of Adults with Dermatomyositis

On July 20, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval to Octagam® 10% for the treatment of adult dermatomyositis, a rare immune-mediated inflammatory disease. Octagam® 10% is the first and only intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) approved for dermatomyositis. Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune condition that involves inflammation of muscles and associated tissues, such as the blood vessels that supply the muscles. The . . .

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Biogen’s Early Access Program for Tofersen is Now Open for Individuals with Rapidly Progressing SOD1-ALS

Beginning in mid-July 2021, Biogen is opening part 1 of its early access program for the investigational therapy tofersen to individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutation of the superoxide dismutase 1 gene (SOD1) who are specifically experiencing rapid disease progression. Tofersen is being investigated in a phase 3 clinical study for safety and efficacy, and the . . .

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FDA Approves Sarepta Therapeutics’ Amondys 45 for Treatment of DMD Amenable to Skipping Exon 45

On Feb. 25, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to casimersen (Amondys 45) for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients amenable to skipping exon 45. It is the fourth exon-skipping, disease-modifying drug to treat DMD, the most common childhood form of muscular dystrophy. The drug is administered by intravenous . . .

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How Expedited Drug Approval Impacts the Neuromuscular Disease Treatment Landscape

The urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the drug-development landscape, driving rapid development, US review, and, in one case, new therapeutic approval. To bring critical drugs to market, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is utilizing a special emergency program announced in April 2020 to accelerate approval of promising coronavirus therapies, an initiative . . .

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