Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 3 Study of Pamrevlumab (FG-3019) in Combination with Systemic Corticosteroids in Ambulatory Boys with DMD

Researchers at FibroGen are seeking boys living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to participate in a phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate efficacy of the investigational drug pamrevlumab (FG-3019) in combination with systemic corticosteroids to treat DMD. Pamrevlumab is designed to decrease fibrosis in the muscles, thereby protecting the heart and lungs. This has the potential . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 1b and Open-Label Extension Study of ASP0367 in Boys with DMD

Researchers at Astellas Pharma Inc. are seeking boys living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to participate in a phase 1b clinical trial and open-label extension to evaluate safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of the investigational drug ASP0367 (MA-0211) to treat DMD. ASP0367 is designed to increase the number and function of the mitochondria in cells, thereby . . .

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Research Study Alert: Survey for Individuals with DMD — The Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Health Index (DMD-HI)

Researchers at University of Rochester are seeking individuals living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to participate in a survey to help with development and validation of a disease-specific, patient-reported outcome measure for clinical trials involving people with DMD. Participants will need to complete an online survey and a follow-up phone interview. The survey will take approximately 20 . . .

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Introducing New MDA National Ambassador Keisha Greaves and Checking in With Ambassador Ethan LyBrand

Beginning in the early 1950s, when public awareness and understanding of muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases were extremely limited, MDA began calling upon individuals living with these diseases to serve as National Ambassadors, telling their personal stories and inspiring support of MDA. More than 40 MDA National Ambassadors, including children and adults, have met U.S. . . .

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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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Research Study Alert: Survey on the Mental Health Experience of Parents and Guardians of Children With DMD

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh invite parents and guardians of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to participate in a study that investigates whether they utilize mental health resources and if they have encountered any barriers to accessing such resources.  For this study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh will ask participants to take a . . .

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Once a Wild Idea, Successful First-Generation Exon-Skipping Therapies Pave the Way for Personalized Treatments

In 1996, MDA provided a small starter grant to Dr. Steve Wilton, a primary investigator at the University of Western Australia in Perth, for research into what scientists then thought was a radical process to address the effects of certain gene mutations. A quarter of a century later, this process — exon skipping — has . . .

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Research Study Alert: People With DMD Invited to Participate in a Survey About Symptoms

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York seek people diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who are interested in helping to develop disease-specific patient-reported outcome measures for future clinical trials. This survey will help to determine the most critical symptoms of children, young adults, and adults with DMD, and as a result, it . . .

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