Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

#AAN2022 – Valbenazine Quickly Eases Chorea in KINECT-HD Trial

Treatment with oral valbenazine, a dopamine-modulating medicine, significantly eased the jerky, involuntary movements of chorea after as little as two weeks for Huntington’s disease patients in a completed Phase 3 clinical trial. More study participants given valbenazine also reported an improvement in their overall health status than did those randomized to…

HTT Mutations Affect Embryo Development as Early as 2 Weeks

Mutations in the HTT gene, which cause Huntington’s disease, lead to abnormalities in development as early as two weeks after conception, a new study indicates. The study, “Huntingtin CAG expansion impairs germ layer patterning in synthetic human 2D gastruloids through polarity defects,” was published in Development.

Austedo Adherence Rates Higher Than Xenazine’s, US Study Finds

People with Huntington’s disease are more likely to take Austedo (deutetrabenazine) as directed, compared with the similar medication Xenazine (tetrabenazine), according to a new study. The study also found lower discontinuation rates with Austedo, which may suggest that, between these two treatments for chorea, Austedo tends to…

Branaplam on FDA’s Fast Track; Phase 2 Trial Now Enrolling

The experimental oral medication branaplam (LMI070) has been granted fast track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a potential treatment for Huntington’s disease, according to an announcement from the therapy’s developer, Novartis. This designation is designed to speed the development and review of…

Valbenazine Eases Chorea in Trial; FDA Submission Expected Next Year

Treatment with valbenazine significantly lessened chorea — a motor symptom characterized by jerky, unpredictable, and involuntary movements — in people with Huntington’s disease in the Phase 3 clinical trial KINECT-HD, according to an announcement from the therapy’s developer, Neurocrine Biosciences. Neurocrine now is planning to submit an…

SAGE-718 on FDA Fast Track as Potential Huntington’s Therapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted fast track designation to SAGE-718 as a potential therapy for Huntington’s disease. The FDA gives this designation to experimental medications with the potential to improve medical care for serious health conditions and fill unmet needs. The designation gives the therapy’s…