Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

Europe Awaits Proposed New Framework for Sharing Health Data

The European Commission is expected to propose a new governing framework for health data next month, called the European Health Data Space (EHDS), with the aim of connecting national health systems to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of data across systems in different European nations. The move is expected to…

Florida Adds Endari to Medicaid Preferred Drug List

Endari, an oral therapy approved to treat sickle cell disease (SCD) has been added to the Florida Medicaid Preferred Drug List (PDL), its manufacturer Emmaus Life Sciences announced. The PDL, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), is a listing of medications that are considered…

Agios Launches Phase 2/3 Trial, RISE UP, for Mitapivat

Agios Pharmaceuticals has launched a Phase 2/3 trial called RISE UP to test its investigational therapy mitapivat (AG-348) in people with sickle cell disease (SCD). The trial (NCT05031780), which is not yet recruiting, aims to enroll about 237 people with SCD, ages 16 and older. To be…

Beam Cleared to Launch Trial of BEAM-101, Gene Editing Therapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Beam Therapeutics to start clinical testing of BEAM-101, the company’s investigational gene editing cell therapy for sickle cell disease (SCD). “BEAM-101 has the potential to offer a one-time treatment for patients with sickle cell disease, and this clearance enables…