WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday approved the first gene therapy for hemophilia, a $3.5 million one-time treatment for the blood-clotting disorder. The Food and Drug Administration cleared Hemgenix, an IV treatment for adults with hemophilia B, the less common form of the genetic disorder which primarily affects men. Currently, patients receive frequent, expensive IVs of a protein that helps blood clot and prevent bleeding. Drugmaker CSL Behring announced the $3.5 million price tag shortly after the FDA approval, saying its drug would ultimately reduce health care costs because patients would have fewer bleeding incidents and need fewer clotting treatments. The price appeared to exceed that of several other gene therapies priced upwards of $2 million. Like most medicines in the U.S., most of the cost of the new treatment will be paid by insurers — not patients — including private plans and government programs. After decades of research, gene therapies have … [Read more...] about $3.5M gene therapy for hemophilia gets FDA approval
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Four national medical associations and four doctors are suing the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for “illegally” approving abortion drugs that they claim harm women, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. The groups, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, are claiming that, “the FDA failed America’s women and girls when it chose politics over science and approved chemical abortion drugs for use in the United States.” (RELATED: Man No Longer Considering Medically-Assisted Suicide Over Poverty Issues After Outpour Of Support) The lawsuit alleges that the FDA had to designate pregnancy as an “illness” and the abortion drugs as providing a “meaningful therapeutic benefit” in order to get them approved so rapidly. Our new lawsuit is a culmination of decades-long efforts by our clients to hold the FDA accountable for its irresponsible actions. Learn more about this lawsuit ⬇️ https://t.co/OAFiB6Eqls — Alliance Defending Freedom (@ADFLegal) November 18, 2022 … [Read more...] about ‘Pregnancy Is Not An Illness’: Doctors Sue FDA Over Approval of ‘Dangerous’ Abortion Pill
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields had another incredible running game Sunday at Soldier Field, rushing for 147 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown. But that wasn’t enough to help the Bears to a victory Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell earned his first road win with the 31-30 victory. It was the Lions’ first victory on an opponent’s turf since beating the Bears on Dec. 6, 2020, at Soldier Field. The Lions took the 31-30 lead on Jamaal Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 21 seconds to play. That capped a 91-yard drive that included a 44-yard pass from Jared Goff to Tom Kennedy, who got by cornerback Jaylon Johnson. The Bears had a chance to win it in the final two minutes, but Fields was sacked twice in their final three plays. A week after running for an NFL quarterback record 178 yards against the Miami Dolphins, Fields ran for 147 and two touchdowns on 13 carries. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 167 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. … [Read more...] about Week 10 recap: Justin Fields has another big day, but Chicago Bears defense can’t hold off Detroit Lions in 31-30 loss
The medical guidance was direct. Eleven-year-old Emma Basques had identified as a girl since toddlerhood. Now, as she worried about male puberty starting, a Phoenix pediatrician advised: Take a drug to stop it. At 13, Jacy Chavira felt increasingly uncomfortable with her maturing body and was beginning to believe she was a boy. Use the drug, her endocrinologist in Southern California recommended, and puberty would be suspended. An 11-year-old in New York with deepening depression expressed a desire to no longer be a girl. A therapist told the family the drug was the preteen’s best option, and a local doctor agreed. “‘Puberty blockers really help kids like this,’” the child’s mother recalled the therapist saying. “It was presented as a tourniquet that would stop the hemorrhaging.” As the number of adolescents who identify as transgender grows, drugs known as puberty blockers have become the first line of intervention for the youngest ones seeking medical treatment. Their … [Read more...] about They paused puberty, but is there a cost?
Puberty blockers are widely touted by doctors and transgender activists as a safe and fully reversible way to pause puberty for children with gender identity issues, but a growing body of evidence is challenging those claims, according to The New York Times. The drug prevents the surge in bone density that would normally occur during puberty, and patients can see lifelong bone issues that are never resolved, according to the Monday NYT article. Medical professionals are also challenging claims that the drug is reversible, arguing instead that blocking puberty permanently cements a child’s transgender identity and puts them on a path to lifelong biomedical intervention. “There’s going to be a price,” said Dr. Sundeep Khosla, who leads a bone research lab at the Mayo Clinic. “And the price is probably going to be some deficit in skeletal mass.” Some doctors argue that patients catch up on bone density after going off puberty blockers, but studies have shown that this isn’t … [Read more...] about ‘There’s Going To Be A Price’: Growing Body Of Evidence Disputes Claims That Puberty Blockers Are Safe, Reversible
(BPT) - Sponsored by Lilly USA, LLC Friends and family in our lives play a significant role in shaping who we are. They are the people we trust, love most and find comfort in when times grow challenging. With a chronic disease, a reliable support network becomes more important than ever. Many lean on their partners for support throughout their diagnosis and treatment journey. Psoriasis, a common chronic autoimmune disease that affects the skin, impacts more than 125 million people globally. The most common form of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, presents as red and inflamed patches covered by white scales. Eddie, a born-and-raised New Yorker, is one of many people impacted by moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, and he understands the impact his disease has on his partner, Nick. Having a support system plays an integral part in staying positive. “Nick heard me talk about how the plaques looked and felt, but he could never really know what it was like to go through what I was … [Read more...] about Someone to Lean On: Caring for a Partner with Psoriasis