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HHS Secretary Alex Azar Touts White House Efforts to Cure Rare Diseases

Despite skyrocketing healthcare costs, President Trump is committed to protecting the 30 million or so Americans with rare diseases and ensuring timely, affordable access to lifesaving treatments, the nation’s highest-ranking health official said. “We have to think about how our financing system can protect those with serious and rare illnesses.

Gene Therapy Candidate Found to Provide Clinical Benefits for Up to 5 Years

PTC Therapeutics‘ gene therapy candidate PTC-AADC (formerly AGIL-AADC) provided clinically meaningful and sustained improvements in motor, cognitive, and language milestones in children with aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency up to five years following the one-time treatment, trial analyses show. A single dose of PTC-AADC delivered into…

NORD 2019 Rare Disease Summit Set for Oct. 21-22 in Washington, DC

Next month’s annual conference of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) in Washington, D.C., couldn’t come at a better time, says Marshall Summar, MD, chairman of NORD’s board of directors. “The pace of discovery in rare diseases has gone from brisk to hypersonic,” Summar told BioNews Services, publisher…