Catalyst Pharmaceuticals’ MG Drug Gets FDA Orphan Drug Designation

The investigational drug amifampridine phosphate (brand name Firdapse), under development by Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of myasthenia gravis (MG). Amifampridine phosphate is a potassium channel inhibitor designed to prolong signals released from nerves and allow greater stimulation of muscles. The drug currently is . . .

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MDA Grants Work to Find Breakthroughs Across Diseases

Since its inception, MDA has invested more than $1 billion in neuromuscular disease research to uncover new treatments and cures. In 2016 alone, MDA awarded 66 new research, development and research infrastructure grants with a total funding commitment of more than $17 million. These and other MDA grants fund research projects designed to uncover the . . .

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New Research Grants Aim to Help MDA Families Live Unlimited

  This summer MDA challenged our families, friends, sponsors, staff and others around the nation to share their stories about living life without limits despite the challenges of neuromuscular disease. Some shared moments tied to pursuing an education or career that was thought to be out of reach. Some talked about skydiving, hiking or running . . .

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MDA-Supported Study Validates Surgery as a Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis

  In an MDA-supported worldwide study, researchers found that surgical removal of an organ called the thymus reduced muscle weakness and lowered the need for drugs that suppress the immune system in people with myasthenia gravis (MG). MG is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes varying degrees of muscle weakness and fatigue. Initial treatment typically . . .

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