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European Commission approves Skyclarys (omaveloxolone) to treat Friedreich’s ataxia – Biogen

Written by | 17 Feb 2024 | Genetics

Biogen Inc. announced the European Commission (EC) has authorized Skyclarys (omaveloxolone) for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) in adults and adolescents aged 16 years and older . Skyclarys is the first treatment approved within the European Union for this rare, genetic, progressive neurodegenerative disease.

“In my clinical practice, I have seen the devastating impact that Friedreich’s ataxia has on patients and their families,” said Sylvia Boesch, M.D., MSc, Principal Investigator of the MOXIe study and Head of the Center for Rare Movement Disorders Innsbruck, Department of Neurology, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria. “Friedreich’s ataxia patients treated with Skyclarys in the clinical trial experienced important and clinically meaningful improvements for their daily lives. With this approval, there is optimism within the community that Skyclarys has the potential to usher in a new era in the management of Friedreich’s ataxia.”

Friedreich’s ataxia is the most common inherited ataxia. Early symptoms typically appear in childhood and include progressive loss of coordination, muscle weakness, and fatigue. As the disease progresses, people living with FA may also experience vision impairment, hearing loss, problems with speech and swallowing, diabetes, scoliosis, and serious heart conditions. Many people with FA use walking aids, and often require a wheelchair within 10-20 years following their diagnosis. Unfortunately, complications from FA contribute to a life expectancy of 37 years on average

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