Santhera Pharmaceuticals Announces Publication of Positive Long-Term Results from Retrospective Study of Idebenone in DMD

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 . . .

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Wave Life Sciences Releases Letter to DMD Community Announcing Discontinuation of Clinical Trials Program for Therapies Amenable to Skipping Exons 51 and 53

Today, Wave Life Sciences released a letter to the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community regarding its decision to discontinue its DMD clinical development program for suvodirsen, its therapy for patients amenable to exon 51 skipping, and its therapy for patients amenable to exon 53 skipping. The full letter follows. Dear Duchenne community: We have a disappointing update . . .

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FDA Approves Sarepta Therapeutics’ Vyondys 53 for Treatment of DMD Amenable to Exon 53 Skipping

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 . . .

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New MDA Educational Programs for Clinicians Offer a Detailed View on Selected Topics in Neuromuscular Disease

MDA’s Medical Education department was established in response to the growing need for clinician education in neuromuscular disease (NMD). We are pleased to present four webinars that cover newborn screening (NBS) and early intervention, genetic testing, and best practices in multidisciplinary care. Our Medical Education department, together with key opinion leaders in the NMD field, . . .

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Kadimastem Announces Positive Interim Results from Phase 1/2a Study of AstroRx in ALS

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 . . .

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FDA Accepts Roche Genentech’s NDA for Risdiplam for the Treatment of SMA

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 . . .

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Zogenix Announces Positive Results from Pivotal Study of Investigational Treatment MT1621 for TK2 Deficiency

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 . . .

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Santhera Pharmaceuticals Releases Letter to DMD Community Announcing Temporary Suspension of Enrollment in BreatheDMD Expanded Access Program

On Nov. 19, Santhera Pharmaceuticals released a letter to the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community announcing its decision to suspend enrollment of new participants in the BreatheDMD Expanded Access Program (EAP) until the SIDEROS clinical trial is fully enrolled. The full letter follows. SIDEROS clinical trial and BreatheDMD program update: Dear Duchenne community, In February 2018, Santhera . . .

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