SMA Clinical Trials: Cameron’s Progress With Nusinersen

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In this heartwarming video from Robert Harding, we meet Cameron. Cameron was diagnosed with type 1 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) at five weeks old and was given just six to 12 months to live. The family decided to enroll Cameron in a clinical trial for the drug nusinersen and record his progress.

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The video shows Cameron’s progression and how much he has achieved in his short life. Now at 28 months old, Cameron is able to roll around the floor, dance in his wheelchair, pretend to eat, and has good control of his hands and arms. The family is feeling hopeful about what the drug can continue to do for their son and for other SMA patients.

The drug nusinersen has been developed by Biogen and Ionis Pharmaceuticals and has just had its drug application passed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in America and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). If the drug is approved the company will be able to market the first treatment for SMA using the brand name Spinraza. Find out more about this story here.

In other news for the therapy, Spinraza has met the primary endpoint for a phase 3 clinical trial treating children with later onset SMA (typically Type 2 SMA). It is hoped that the drug will be approved for use in SMA treatment by the end of 2016 or early 2017. Read more about this story here. 

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