On Aug. 7, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval of risdiplam (Evrysdi) for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in pediatric and adult patients. It is the third disease-modifying therapy approved to treat SMA, the leading genetic cause of infant death. The drug is an orally administered liquid, the first medicine that could . . .
On July 18, MDA is hosting a free virtual Engage Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Symposium, a half-day educational event featuring key experts who will speak on topics including the latest in genetics and research in limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). MDA has a longstanding commitment to finding treatments for the more than 30 subtypes of LGMD; since . . .
On June 15, Sarepta Therapeutics announced positive results from its phase 1/2a study of SRP-9001 gene therapy to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Data from four patients indicated that a single intravenous infusion of SRP-9001 was safe and well tolerated, with no serious adverse events. Additionally, all participants demonstrated improvements across multiple efficacy-related endpoints, including . . .
On June 15, Momenta Pharmaceuticals announced positive results from its phase 2 Vivacity-MG trial assessing treatment with the company’s investigational therapeutic nipocalimab (M281) in patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Preliminary data indicated that treatment with nipocalimab, using four different dosing protocols over an eight-week period, resulted in improvements in patients’ Myasthenia Gravis Activities of . . .
Stephan Züchner, MD, PhD, professor for Human Genetics and Neurology, Chair of the Human Genetics Department, and codirector of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently discovered mutations in the sorbitol dehydrogenase gene (SORD) that cause a recessive, axonal form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) . . .
On June 8, Sarepta Therapeutics announced positive results from its first study in human patients of SRP-9003, a gene therapy designed to treat limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) type 2E. Data from low-dose and high-dose patient cohorts indicated that a single intravenous infusion of SRP-9003 was well tolerated, with only one serious adverse event occurring in . . .
On June 2, ReveraGen BioPharma announced the completion of two-and-a-half years of vamorolone treatment in 41 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The long-term data from this study indicated that daily oral administration of vamorolone, even at its highest tested dose, was safe and well tolerated with no serious adverse events. Preliminary data have shown . . .
On May 26, NS Pharma, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese company Nippon Shinyaku Co. Ltd., announced positive results from its phase 2 clinical trial of the investigational therapy viltolarsen for treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) amenable to skipping exon 53. The primary endpoints of the study, assessment of safety and tolerability, were . . .
On May 15, Pfizer announced positive results from a phase 1b trial assessing treatment with the company’s investigational gene therapy PF-06939926 in ambulatory boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Preliminary data indicated that the intravenous administration of PF-06939926 was well-tolerated during the infusion period and provided improvements across multiple efficacy-related endpoints at 12 months post-infusion, . . .
On June 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Emflaza (deflazacort) to expand its labeling to include patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who are between 2 and 5 years old. Emflaza was approved by the FDA in February 2017 for the treatment of DMD in patients 5 years and older, making it the first drug approved . . .