FDA Approves PTC Therapeutics’ Emflaza for the Treatment of DMD in Patients Between 2 and 5 Years Old

On June 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Emflaza (deflazacort) to expand its labeling to include patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who are between 2 and 5 years old. Emflaza was approved by the FDA in February 2017 for the treatment of DMD in patients 5 years and older, making it the first drug approved . . .

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Congress is Considering a Law to Strengthen Newborn Screening: Help MDA Promote its Passage

On May 2, Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Mike Simpson (ID-02), Katherine Clark (MA-05), and Jaime Herrera-Beutler (WA-03) introduced the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019, a key piece of legislation that fights to eliminate preventable newborn deaths and stave off the onset of symptoms associated with severe disabilities, including neuromuscular conditions. Read MDA’s . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Alexion Pharmaceuticals Seeks Participants for a Phase 3 Pediatric Myasthenia Gravis Study

Researchers at Alexion Pharmaceuticals are looking for children with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) to participate in an open-label Phase 3 study. The goal of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of eculizumab (Soliris) in pediatric patients. This therapy may improve muscle strength by reducing inflammation caused by the immune system. All participants . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Biogen Seeks Participants for a Phase 3 SOD1-ALS Study

Researchers at Biogen are looking for participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to participate in the VALOR Phase 3 study designed to help researchers evaluate the effects of BIIB067 on disease progression in patients with ALS caused by superoxide disumtase 1 (SOD1) mutation (SOD1-ALS). In ALS, motor neurons degenerate or die and stop sending messages . . .

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FDA Approves AveXis’ Zolgensma for Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy in Pediatric Patients

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovac-xioi), the first gene therapy for a neuromuscular disease. Zolgensma is a one-time intravenous (into the vein) infusion for the treatment of pediatric patients less than 2 years of age with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with bi-allelic mutations in the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, . . .

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JAMA Neurology Publishes Article on Newborn Screening and Neuromuscular Disorders

Earlier this week, JAMA Neurology published an article co-authored by Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) staff members that addresses the role of newborn screening (NBS) in the field of neuromuscular disease. In the article, “Maximizing the Benefit of Life-Saving Treatments for Pompe Disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Through Newborn Screening: Essential Steps,” the . . .

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Support ALS Patients: Tell Congress to Pass the ALS Disability Insurance Act Today

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neuromuscular degenerative disease that causes rapid muscular atrophy. It progresses quickly, and patients need access to all available support as soon as possible. Currently, all ALS patients must wait five months before they can access Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Because of the fast-moving nature of this disease, . . .

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Do You Know ALS? Read About the Latest Research.

It’s a hard fact that only three medications have been approved to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in nearly 25 years. Fortunately, research in ALS has exploded in the past decade, and new technologies have enabled the development of gene-targeting therapies such as gene replacement, gene silencing, and gene editing. MDA has always been committed . . .

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2019 MDA Engage ALS Symposium Scheduled in Boston on May 18

At MDA, we believe in the power of research and the importance of building relationships among families, clinicians, and the scientists making discoveries to advance treatments and therapies. We invite individuals living with a neuromuscular disease, as well as caregivers and loved ones, to attend MDA Engage symposia taking place across the country. MDA Engage . . .

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FDA Approves Jacobus Pharmaceuticals’ Ruzurgi for Treatment of Children with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome

On May 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Ruzurgi (amifampridine) for the treatment of children with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) who are between 6 and 17 years of age. This is the second FDA-approved treatment for LEMS and the first approved treatment for pediatric LEMS patients. Ruzurgi is an oral potassium . . .

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