New Drug Approvals


27 MAR 2013

The clock is ticking for Sarepta Therapeutics , a multitude of biotech investors and the boys who suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Armed with promising Phase IIb data from a small study of eteplirsen involving only 12 patients with the lethal disease, Sarepta CEO Chris Garabedian is completing one of the most closely-watched high wire acts in the industry. At a time most companies would be focused solely on organizing a pivotal late-stage study, there’s intense speculation that the biotech will shoot for an accelerated approval with the data in hand. And it all comes down to their sit-down with the FDA to review mid-stage data.

Eteplirsen, also called AVI-4658, is an experimental drug, currently in clinical trials. It is designed for treatment of some mutations which cause Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a genetic degenerative muscle disease. Eteplirsen is a product of Sarepta Therapeutics

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