Compounds designed to alter genetic instructions for dystrophin, increase production of utrophin, or prevent scar tissue formation in muscle are moving through the development pipeline
Drug development for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is progressing on several fronts. Here are some updates as of early November 2014.
PTC is moving forward with ataluren
Research updates and clinical trials information
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Funding from MDA and three other organizations will allow ReveraGen BioPharma to test its experimental anti-inflammatory drug for Duchenne MD in healthy volunteers
ReveraGen BioPharma, based in Silver Spring, Md., is moving ahead with a phase 1 trial of an experimental compound in development to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), made possible by a $2 million grant from U.S.-based MDA and three United Kingdom-based DMD organizations.
Sarepta Therapeutics continues to report encouraging data from its extension study of eteplirsen, designed to treat Duchenne MD due to specific genetic mutations
Walking ability and respiratory function in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) show continued benefit from eteplirsen at 144 weeks (almost three years), the drug's developer announced today. In addition, the intravenously infused drug was well tolerated, with no serious treatment-related adverse events seen.
An experimental drug designed to reduce scarring in Duchenne MD-affected muscles shows signs of safety and desired activity; FDA will speed its review
HT-100, an experimental drug being developed for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) with support from MDA, has shown preliminary safety and signs of the desired effects on scar tissue formation in the first 17 trial participants, and it has received "fast track" designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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.
The European Medicines Agency expressed a 'positive opinion' on conditional approval for ataluren (Translarna) to treat Duchenne MD; a decision is expected within three months
The experimental Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) drug ataluren (which has been given the brand name Translarna) has received encouragement from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for conditional approval in European Union countries.