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EMA Group Favors Naming SLS-005 an Orphan Drug for ALS

A committee with the European Medicines Agency favors designating Seelos Therapeutics‘ investigational therapy SLS-005 (trehalose) an orphan drug as a potential treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the company announced in a press release. The opinion, issued by the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP), will now go to the…

Biogen Agrees to Tofersen Access in July for Rapidly Advancing ALS

People with very rapidly progressing familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the SOD1 gene may gain early access to Biogen’s experimental therapy tofersen by mid-July, the company announced. This marks the first part of Biogen’s planned access program for tofersen, and will begin after patients initially assigned…

Medicare Adds Speech, Oral Therapy to Telehealth Services

Speech and oral therapy were added to covered services available by telemedicine for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which Medicare previously recognized only as in-person visits, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicare will now reimburse — at least through December 2021 — evaluations and treatments given by telemedicine…