Rare Disease Report

Hematology

Results from a recent head-to-head pharmacokinetic study show Rebinyn is more effective than rFIXFc in adults with hemophilia B. 
 
The U.S. FDA has completed their Priority Review and granted full approval to avatrombopag (Doptelet) for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in adult patients with chronic liver disease who are scheduled to undergo a procedure.
Results from Roche's phase III HAVEN 3 and phase III HAVEN 4 studies, which assessed the administration of Hemlibra (emicizumab) in people with hemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors, show efficacy. 
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the Bioverativ's Investigational New Drug (IND) application for BIVV003, a gene-edited cell therapy candidate for the treatment of people with sickle cell disease.
 
FDA approves Retacrit (epoetin alfa-epbx) as a biosimilar to Epogen/Procrit (epoetin alfa) for the treatment of anemia caused by chronic kidney disease, chemotherapy, or the use of zidovudine in patients with HIV infection. 
The first patient has been dosed in aphase 1/2 study (BMN 270-203) evaluating the investigational gene therapy, valoctocogene roxaparvovec, in severe hemophilia A patients with pre-existing AAV5 antibodies. 
Heather Landau, M.D., Assistant Attending Physician at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, explains AL Amyloidosis. In this video, she describes in detail the clinical definition of the disease, what organs are affected, and early presentation.
Results from a study recently published in The Lancet Neurology describe in detail a 16-year follow up of patients with hemophilia A who were treated with frequency-escalated prophylaxis.
Today, the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (EMDAC) voted 12-8 in favor of approval of volanesorsen (Waylivra) for the treatment of familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS).
Findings from a study uncovered genetic subtypes of DLBCL with distinct genotypic, epigenetic, and clinical characteristics, providing a potential nosology for precision-medicine strategies in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas.
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