A phase 2 clinical trial of rituximab in myasthenia gravis has now opened at 15 U.S. centers under the auspices of NIH's NeuroNEXT
Update (March 6, 2014): The NeuroNEXT research network has added several sites for the rituximab trial; these are listed at Rituximab in MG. In addition, the NeuroNEXT site has added links to a 3.5-minute video about MG and to a 2.5-minute video on the rituximab trial.
Duchenne patients in the European Union with specific dystrophin gene flaws can receive the drug ataluren prior to its full approval
Update (Oct. 24, 2014): Enrollment for the phase 3 trial of ataluren is complete, with results expected in the second half of 2015. See the PTC press release of Sept. 9, 2014.
Isis Pharmaceuticals is testing its experimental, antisense-based drug in a phase 3 trial in SMA-affected babies age 7 months or less
California-based Isis Pharmaceuticals has announced the opening of a phase 3 clinical trial of its experimental drug ISIS-SMNRx in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a muscle-weakening disease that results from loss of nerve cells in the spinal cord.
Drug development consultant Abby Bronson says early access to a new drug can jeopardize its full approval and long-term availability
Abby Bronson is the Duchenne muscular dystrophy program manager at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she works with various stakeholders to further therapeutic development for this disease. Bronson has a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania and has managed new product development and marketing at biotechnology and...
Bioethicist Arthur Caplan says early access to drugs should not be determined by drug companies but by independent advisory boards
Arthur Caplan is the William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. He holds a doctoral degree in the history and philosophy of science from Columbia University, has authored or edited 32 books and more than 600 papers, and has served on national and international committees as an...
FDA staffer Richard Klein says people often underestimate the risks and overestimate the benefits of taking medications that have not been through the full FDA approval process
Richard Klein is the director of the Patient Liaison Program at the Office of Health and Constituent Affairs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Q: What is the most common misconception that patient communities have about the FDA's accelerated approval mechanism?
Neuromuscular disease specialist and biotechnology company employee Timothy Miller says it can be a significant risk and financial hardship for a small company to supply a drug that has not been through the full approval process
Timothy Miller has been a university-associated neurologist specializing in neuromuscular disorders who has recently moved to the biotechnology industry. He has been the director of the MDA-supported pediatric neuromuscular disorders clinic at Children's Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Tucson, Ariz.; an assistant professor of neurology, pathology and pediatrics at the University of Arizona...