On Dec. 23, 2016 the FDA approved Spinraza for the treatment of SMA. In clinical trials to test Spinraza, participants who received treatment with the drug experienced life-changing outcomes they wouldn’t have been expected to achieve.
Ionis Pharmaceuticals provided an update on its recently-concluded phase 1-2 clinical trial of IONIS-DMPK-2.5Rx, an experimental compound for the treatment of type 1 myotonic dystrophy (DM1). Analysis showed mixed results from the trial.
Researchers are looking for people with congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) to participate in a phase 3 study being conducted by Catalyst Pharmaceuticals to test the experimental drug amifampridine phosphate.
Amifampridine phosphate is a potassium channel inhibitor designed to cause greater stimulation of muscle by prolonging nerve signals and is expected to help treat muscle weakness in people with CMS. The drug has shown promising results in treating patients with a related disorder called LEMS.