Trends in Epilepsy Research
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved epidiolex, made of cannabidiol (CBD) and derived from marijuana plant to treat Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gestaut Syndrome, rare childhood-onset forms of epilepsy. Epidiolex, marketed by GW Pharmaceuticals Plc is the first cannabis-based drug to receive FDA approval. This decision could encourage more research into the medicinal properties of cannabis to treat other epileptic conditions.
The Foundation for Angelamn Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) launches a new biotech, GeneTx Biotherapeutics LLC (GeneTx), a subsidiary of FAST, for the development and commercialization of an investigational antisense drug, GTX-101, for the treatment of Angelman syndrome (AS), a rare genetic disorder characterized by epilepsy, impaired motor function and speech delays. Read More
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) shows a purified cannabidiol (CBD) medication called Epidiolex may help to curb seizures in children and young adults with Dravet syndrome. Read More