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US Patient Groups Give Thumbs-Up to Rule Against Surprise Billing

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is applauding the Biden administration for announcing a rule to protect consumers from surprise medical billing, in a joint statement with 26 other U.S. patient organizations. The interim final rule will implement patient protections required by the No Surprises Act. Surprise…

Partnership Aims to Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs for Rare Disease Meds

AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, a specialty and home delivery pharmacy, is partnering with TailorMed, a healthcare technology company, to help lower out-of-pocket prescription costs for specialty pharmacy patients. Medications attained through specialty pharmacies are those used to treat rare and chronic conditions in the U.S., and are often extremely costly. For…

Nominations Open for 2022 Eurordis Black Pearl Awards

Nominations are now open for the worldwide 2022 Black Pearl Awards from Eurordis-Rare Diseases Europe. The 12 award categories recognize individual advocates, policy makers, researchers, organizations, and companies who work to make a difference for the global rare disease community. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 10…

FAST Supports UPenn Research Into microRNA as Angelman Therapy

The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) has opened a program supporting new research into treating Angelman syndrome by using microRNA (miRNA) to boost UBE3A protein levels. FAST will collaborate with the Gene Therapy Program at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) to design this potential therapy, the organization…

Trial for GTX-102 to Open Enrollment Soon in the UK

The United Kingdom’s Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has authorized a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to test the investigational therapy GTX-102 in children and adolescents with Angelman syndrome. The open-label KIK-AS trial (NCT04259281), which also has been given a green light in Canada, is expected to open enrollment in the…

EveryLife Introduces First of Kind ‘Roadmap’ to ICD Codes

To help patient advocacy leaders and their partners better understand how global health statistics codes — known as ICD codes — are assigned, updated, and revised in the U.S. health information system, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is presenting a first-of-its-kind resource guide. The foundation created the…

Neuren Closer to Phase 2 Testing of NNZ-2591 After FDA Guidance

Neuren Pharmaceuticals is a step closer to Phase 2 clinical testing of NNZ-2591, its investigational therapy for Angelman syndrome, Phelan–McDermid syndrome, and Pitt Hopkins syndrome, after the company received clear and constructive guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All three syndromes are early…

Jacob Family Pledges Up to $250K to FAST for Donation Matches

Philanthropists Ryan and Annie Jacob have pledged up to $250,000 to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics, known as FAST, through a new donation matching program. The Austin, Texas-based couple, who have a son with Angelman syndrome, will match donations up to that amount through FAST’s fundraising initiative,…