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NIH Will Test Antioxidant Drug in Central Core Disease

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., is conducting a study to determine if an antioxidant drug that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for other indications can reduce the severity of some symptoms in people with central core disease (CCD), a genetic disease caused by defects in a structure known as ryanodine receptor 1 (RYR1).

Drug Development for DMD: February 2015 Update

Development of treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) continues to advance. Many of the new investigational drugs are potentially applicable to all DMD patients, while a few target those with specific mutations in the dystrophin gene.

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Genervon's 'Master Regulator' Drug Encourages ALS Community

Biopharmaceutical company Genervon has announced what it considers encouraging  results from a "compassionate use" trial of its experimental drug GM604 in a single patient with advanced  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

DMD: Eteplirsen Data Still Encouraging After Three Years

Boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused by specific genetic mutations who were treated with the experimental drug eteplirsen for 168 weeks (3.2 years) continued to show an advantage in the distance they were able to walk compared to those treated with the drug for only 144 weeks (2.8 years), although all boys had declined in walking distance since the start of this phase 2b trial of eteplirsen.

Myostatin Blocker To Be Tested in DMD

Multinational pharmaceutical comany Pfizer recently opened a phase 2 study of an experimental compound that may be beneficial in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) through its ability to block myostatin, a naturally occurring protein that is known to limit muscle growth.

Sarepta Reaffirms Commitment to Eteplirsen, Other DMD Drugs

Cambridge, Mass.-based Sarepta Therapeutics, developer of eteplirsen and other "exon-skipping" drugs designed  to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), provided overall reassurance about eteplirsen's development and some details of future plans to the DMD community in a Dec.

ALS: Mexiletine Helped Muscle Cramps But Did Not Show Other Benefits

Phase 3 Trial of ISIS-SMNRx Now Open for Children with SMA

Update (Dec. 1, 2014): Isis has announced that its partner, Biogen Idec, plans to conduct a phase 2 trial of ISIS-SMNRx in up to 25 presymptomatic newborns genetically predisposed to develop SMA, as well as a phase 2 study of this drug in approximately 20 patients with infantile or childhood-onset SMA who do not meet the inclusion criteria for the current phase 3 studies. These two additional studies could begin in the first half of 2015.

PTC To Test RG7800 in SMA

PTC Therapeutics, a South Plainfield, N.J., biopharmaceutical company, says it will soon open a trial to test the safety and tolerability of its investigational drug RG7800 in adults and children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The announcement was made in a Nov. 19, 2014, press release.

BMD: Follistatin Gene Transfer Results Encouraging

Results from a trial involving injection of genes for the follistatin protein into the thigh muscles of both legs in six men with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) show the experimental treatment appears safe and and was associated with improvement in walking ability (distance walked in six minutes) in four of the six trial participants.

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