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Title: Gene therapy approved for leukemia treatment
Post by: Sunny2701 on September 04, 2017, 04:36:26 PM
First nail is in. FDA approves gene therapy for leukemia.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/31/f-d-a-approves-first-gene-altering-leukemia-treatment-costing-475000.html


Title: Re: Gene therapy approved for leukemia treatment
Post by: Pratik on September 07, 2017, 01:54:15 AM
First nail is in. FDA approves gene therapy for leukemia.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/31/f-d-a-approves-first-gene-altering-leukemia-treatment-costing-475000.html
Excellent news!


Title: Re: Gene therapy approved for leukemia treatment
Post by: Pratik on September 07, 2017, 01:58:51 AM
Is this also for Thalassemia Major @Andy and Sunny?


Title: Re: Gene therapy approved for leukemia treatment
Post by: Pratik on September 11, 2017, 01:50:53 AM
Is this going to be an oral drug or injection? Will chemo be required?


Title: Re: Gene therapy approved for leukemia treatment
Post by: Andy on September 14, 2017, 05:54:24 PM
No, this is gene therapy for leukemia. The importance is that gene therapy is approved, which will mean the FDA already has experience approving gene therapy and this will make it easier for gene therapy for thalassemia to be approved. This requires chemotherapy conditioning before the process is done. However, it does not pose the risks that bone marrow transplant does. Gene therapy for thals is in trials and doing well. I will point out that there is now a great discussion about developing gene therapy for thalassemia in India. Dr Ramanan is one of the doctors currently talking about the need to get it moving, so it can be made affordable to Indians.