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Lonafarnib, a hope for progeria treatment

Lonafarnib has emerged as a potential treatment for progeria and progeroid laminopathies, an ultra-rare condition for which no approved treatment exists.
Having successfully demonstrated survival benefits in progeria patients, lonafarnib is improving the hope for the patients, who generally succumb to death at an early age of 14 years.
The drug currently has orphan drug, breakthrough therapy, as well as rare paediatric disease (RPD) designations from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

ILC Dover manufacturing facility

ILC Dover Manufacturing Facility

In May 2019, ILC Dover opened a manufacturing facility in Ireland to produce the company’s pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product lines. The plant is designed to strengthen the company's single-use powder handling solutions business.

May’s top news stories

Takeda Pharmaceutical has signed an agreement to sell its Xiidra 5% drug to Novartis for a total consideration of up to $5.3bn, and The UK’s NHS has signed a managed access agreement to fund Biogen’s Spinraza for a limited time to ascertain its effectiveness as a treatment for 5q spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). wraps up key headlines from May 2019.

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