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Group Focuses on Rare Disease Clinical Trial Participation

Participation in clinical trials exposes rare disease patients to financial, physical, and emotional pressures, according to the results of a patient focus group series. “Rare disease trial participants are running an endurance race they are highly motivated to complete, but these incremental burdens negatively impact their ability or willingness to…

Early ERT Use May Lessen Hearing Loss in Infantile-onset Pompe

Starting treatment with enzyme-replacement therapy (ERT) in the first days of life appears to lessen the risk of hearing impairments in children with infantile-onset Pompe disease (IOPD), researchers report. “Our study may enhance awareness of early intervention before hearing-related morbidities can develop in patients with IOPD,” its researchers…

At-home Muscle Test May Help Monitor LOPD

Electrical impedance myography (EIM), a non-invasive and painless muscle test that can be conducted at home, is associated significantly with functional measures in adults with late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD), according to a small study. Notably, similar EIM results were obtained when the test was performed by patients at home using…

Q&A with Sanofi: Nexviazyme Safely Aids Muscle Strength in LOPD

Newly approved, Nexviazyme (avalglucosidase alfa) is a next-generation, alternative enzyme replacement therapy for late-onset Pompe disease patients starting at age 1. In clinical trials that supported the Aug. 6 approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaningful improvements in respiratory muscle strength and mobility were evident in patients given…

Register Now for Global Genes’ RARE Patient Advocacy Summit

Registration is now open for Global Genes‘ 2021 RARE Patient Advocacy Summit. This year’s hybrid event will be livestreamed from California Sept. 27-29, and some seats also are available for attending the event in person in San Diego. “Here you’ll have the opportunity to connect and engage with others…

GI Symptoms in LOPD Widespread, Study Finds

More attention should be given to evaluating the gastrointestinal symptoms of individuals with late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) because they cause a significant disease burden, according to a recent study. The results of that study highlight the need for more effective smooth muscle-targeted therapies in LOPD, as current treatments often…

NORD Rare Disease Summit, Online Oct. 18-19, Open for Registration

Registration is now open for the 2021 Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit, which will be held virtually Oct. 18–19. The event, also known as the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Summit, brings the rare disease community together to network and discuss developments in treatments and research…

FDA Approves Nexviazyme, Next-generation ERT for Late-onset Pompe

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nexviazyme (avalglucosidase alfa), a next-generation enzyme replacement therapy for late-onset Pompe disease. The medication, administered by infusion into the bloodstream every two weeks, is approved for patients 1 year or older and is expected to be available in the…