The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to Trappsol® Cyclo™ for the treatment of systemic Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC), a rare and fatal genetic disease. Trappsol® Cyclo™ is the Company's proprietary formulation of hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin in development for the treatment of NPC; it has previously been designated an Orphan Drug by the FDA and the European Medicines Agency.Read more
Oxford, UK – 3 November, 2016 – Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care global business unit of Sanofi, announced today that the first adult patient in the UK has enrolled and been dosed in a pivotal Phase 2/3 clinical trial named ASCEND for the investigational therapy olipudase alfa. Olipudase alfa is an enzyme replacement therapy being studied for the treatment of non-neurological manifestations of acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD), also known as Niemann-Pick disease type B (NPD B). The first patient was dosed at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University College of London Hospitals (UCLH).Read more
‘When you hear hoofbeats, don’t expect to see a Zebra.'
The above adage is especially useful in primary care as many of the conditions we see are common. But it is not so useful when we consider our role in both diagnosing and supporting patients with rare diseases. We must be ready to think again and look out for the horse with stripes.Read more
Summary Niemann-Pick type C (NP-C) disease is a rare neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder. It is highly heterogeneous, and there is limited awareness of a substantial subgroup that has an attenuated adolescent/adult-onset disease. In these patients psychiatric features, often a psychosis, may dominate the initial impression, although often there is an associated ataxia and cognitive impairment. Typically, patients experience a substantial diagnostic delay. In this review we highlight the importance of early recognition and discuss the pathophysiology, neuropsychiatric presentation and recent changes in the investigation and work-up of these patients, and treatment options.Read more