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Staph Infections Prevalent in EB Skin Wounds

Infection by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus is detected in most wounds of patients with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), according to an analysis of a U.S. and Canadian database. The study “Characterization of wound microbes in epidermolysis bullosa: Results from the epidermolysis bullosa clinical characterization and outcomes database” was…

NORD’s 6th ‘State Report Card’ Notes Progress, Raises Concerns

While progress was made last year on newborn screening and other policy issues critical to rare disease patients, a “State Report Card” argues that many concerns — notably out-of-pocket costs for prescription medicines and access to affordable comprehensive care — still need attention. Those were the findings of the…

NORD’s Caregiver Respite Program Continues Through Pandemic

Caring for a loved one with a rare disease, especially during these uncertain times, demands significant time, attention, patience, and dedication. To help meet that need, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)’s Rare Caregiver Respite Program may be a helpful resource. The program seeks to give a…

INM-755 Cream Fares Well in Volunteers With Open Wounds

INM-755, an investigational cannabinol cream for epidermolysis bullosa (EB), showed a positive safety profile and did not interfere with normal healing in a Phase 1 clinical trial conducted in healthy volunteers with open wounds, according to a press release from the cream’s developer, InMed Pharmaceuticals. INM-755…

FDA Names Potential Topical Gene Therapy for DEB an Orphan Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to AP103, a potential topical gene therapy for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB). “Receiving an orphan drug designation from the FDA for our gene-therapy candidate, AP103, is a significant development for patients suffering…