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...
A trial of an experimental compound to counteract muscle inflammation and scarring in Duchenne MD resumes, after an interruption to complete a dog safety study
Update (July 3, 2014): Akashi says the HT-100 main trial is now closed; the extension study is open to those who have already participated in the main trial.
Isis Pharmaceuticals is launching a phase 1 trial of ISIS-DMPKRx, an experimental drug for type 1 myotonic muscular dystrophy
Update (June 11, 2014): This story has been updated with additional information about the phase 1 trial of ISIS-DMPKRx in healthy volunteers and the planned trial in people with type 1 MMD, as well as the availability of a fact sheet on this drug provided by Isis Pharmaceuticals...
The company plans to submit a New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration later this year, and has committed to conducting two confirmatory post-approval clinical trials
Dutch biopharmaceutical company Prosensa has outlined plans to seek accelerated approval in the United States for its experimental drug drisapersen, under development for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The company will seek approval for the drug in Europe as well.
Santhera Pharmaceuticals' investigational drug to treat respiratory dysfunction in Duchenne muscular dystrophy has shown benefit compared to a placebo in a phase 3 trial
Results from a phase 3, 65-participant trial of idebenone (brand names are Catena and Raxone) in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) show the drug reduced the decline in respiratory function compared to a placebo, potentially paving the way toward regulatory approval.