Treatment for rare disease


United States

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a new therapy for a rare genetic disease on 18 March, indicating a widening of the scope of regulatory authorisations where there is a serious unmet medical need. The product, Lenmeldy (atidarsagene autotemcel), is a gene therapy intended as a one-time treatment for children with pre-symptomatic late infantile, pre-symptomatic early juvenile, or early symptomatic early juvenile metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). MLD is a rare genetic disease that affects the brain and nervous system.