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Advocates Lobby US Congress During Virtual Rare Disease Week

More than 600 people participated in the 10th annual Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill 2021, held virtually July 14–22, to advocate for the rare disease community. Hosted by the EveryLife Foundation’s Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA) program, the event brings together community members from across the U.S. to…

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…

IgA EBA Much Different From Linear IgA Bullous Dermatosis

IgA epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) differs significantly from another skin condition known as linear IgA bullous dermatosis (LABD), and should be considered a separate disease, a German study suggests. In addition, the research highlights the importance of identifying the exact autoantigen, or targeted protein, in each condition, so that…

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…

AI System May Speed Accurate Diagnosis of EBA

A new and easy-to-use algorithm may help physicians diagnose epidermolysis bullosa aquisita (EBA) sooner, a process that now can take months or even years. In a recent study, researchers used artificial intelligence to analyze entire skin biopsies, of which the human eye normally can observe only a small part.

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…

EB-101 Healed Wounds, Eased Pain Up to Six Years in Trial

Treatment with Abeona Therapeutics‘ investigational cell therapy EB-101 led to successful wound healing and eased pain in seven adults with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) who were followed for up to six years in a clinical trial. “The updated Phase 1/2a results showed safety and durable efficacy…

Skin Thickening on Feet of EBS Patients Linked to Pain, Obesity

Excessive thickening of the skin on the soles of the feet (plantar keratoderma) is a common and serious complication of all subtypes of epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS), a study from Germany reports. This complication, appearing in early childhood, was significantly associated with pain, obesity, and limited mobility, negatively affecting employment…

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…