Here is the October 2016 edition of the Vtesse Newsletter, which highlights the most recent updates of the clinical trial of VTS-270. We have made it available in a number of different languages for our global community, including; Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish EU, Spanish Lat. Am, and Turkish.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
Update on the Vtesse Clinical Trial of VTS-270:
We continue to open up new sites and enroll patients. We currently have 34 patients who have been enrolled in the trial.
Two sites in Australia are now active and both have patients set to screen in November.
The three sites in Germany report that they all have patients who will be screening in November.
We are working to bring interested families in from countries that are outside of the clinical trial site countries so that they can be involved in the trial.
‘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