Day: May 6, 2021

TREATMENT

uniQure: Gene Therapy Treatment Was Unlikely to Have Caused a Patient’s Cancer

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Shares of uniQure are down more than 30% in the past year.


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Regulators froze

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‘s trial of its gene therapy for hemophilia in December when one of the 54 treated patients developed liver cancer. Over the weekend, the Dutch company announced that independent investigators had concluded that the cancer wasn’t caused by the gene therapy, which uses engineered viruses to add healthy genes to a patient’s DNA. The finding should alleviate worries that such gene insertions could cause cancer.

uniQure stock (ticker: QURE) rose nearly 5% in Monday trading, to $30.67, despite a roughly 1% drop in the

Nasdaq Composite index.

The company shared the findings with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and hopes the agency will allow uniQure to now file for approval of the treatment for hemophilia B. It has finished dosing all patients in the Phase 3 trial.

Three outside researchers and

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Velasco urges DOH, FDA to inform public of alternative drugs for COVID-19 treatment

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco urged the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to “promptly inform” the public of the alternative drugs for COVID-19 treatment.

Velasco issued the statement on Friday amid the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country, mentioning the possible use of the widely-pushed ivermectin as one of the repurposed drugs to cure and prevent the respiratory disease.

“With coronavirus cases surging and more people dying, regulators should find it necessary to look into the safety and efficacy of ivermectin and other repurposed drugs for COVID-19,” he said.

Noting the public’s “desperation” in looking for a drug against COVID-19, Velasco said the DOH should have “proactive regulatory approach” on alternative remedies to prevent or treat COVID-19.

“People have become desperate for a cure. Fast-tracking clinical trials and processes to either grant Ivermectin an emergency use authority or conclusively declaring it unsafe will put the matter

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Osteoporosis: Treatment & Care

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