Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

Sickle Cell Warriors Convention Open to Patients, Families Aug. 25-29

The Sickle Cell Consortium, a U.S.-based nonprofit, is hosting a virtual event in late August that will focus on facilitating conversations among people with sickle cell disease (SCD) and their caregivers. “We’re bringing these patients together to talk about what they’re experiencing, strategies for navigating the realities brought…

Endari Now More Accessible to Texas Medicaid Patients

Endari (L-glutamine), an approved oral treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD), has now been added to the Preferred Drug List in Texas. The move will make Endari more accessible to people in the state who are insured through Medicaid, the government program that provides health insurance to low-income…

Emmaus Seeks Approval of Oral Medication Endari in Kuwait

Emmaus Life Sciences has submitted an application seeking the approval of its oral medication Endari (L-glutamine) to treat sickle cell disease (SCD) in Kuwait. The company announced that the Kuwait Drug and Food Control administration, which is responsible for registering pharmaceutical products in the country, has accepted…

Study to Evaluate Using JSP191 With ARU-1801 as Gene Therapy

A new research collaboration between Jasper Therapeutics and Aruvant Sciences will evaluate the use of JSP191, Jasper’s anti-CD117 monoclonal antibody, as a conditioning agent for ARU-1801, Aruvant’s experimental gene therapy for sickle cell disease (SCD). “The unique attributes of ARU-1801 enable us to bring a potentially curative one-time therapy…

Bluebird to Resume LentiGlobin Trials After FDA Lifts Hold

Bluebird Bio is set to resume trials of LentiGlobin, its investigational gene therapy for sickle cell disease, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted its clinical hold. The company is now working closely with study investigators and clinical trial sites to resume normal activities as soon…

Abnormal Flow of Sickled Cells Damages Blood Vessel Walls

Red blood cells in people with sickle cell disease (SCD) flow through blood vessels in a manner that damages the walls, which may explain blood vessel problems and increased inflammation in SCD, new research indicates. The study, “Flow-induced segregation and dynamics of red blood cells in sickle cell…