#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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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’ . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
In July of this year, Capricor Therapeutics announced positive interim results from its phase 2 (HOPE-2) clinical trial evaluating CAP-1002, the company’s lead investigational therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), to treat boys and young men in advanced stages of the disease. In that analysis, meaningful improvements in mid-level upper limb and hand function were . . .
Throughout the fall and winter months, MDA Engage Social Gatherings will be taking place throughout the country. These gatherings facilitate community through establishing opportunities for families, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, and MDA staff to connect in a casual social setting. Participants tell their stories and are united within the neuromuscular community, supporting each other . . .