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FDA panel narrowly backs approval of Sarepta’s Duchenne gene therapy

May 12, 2023

A group of Food and Drug Administration advisers narrowly supported approving what could be the first gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a meeting Friday, clearing the way for the agency to make a closely watched decision later this month.

By an 8-6 vote, the panel recommended that the treatment, developed by biotechnology company Sarepta Therapeutics, be granted an “accelerated” approval. The close vote reflected a daylong back-and-forth over the treatment, and whether the protein it’s designed to produce in the body — called microdystrophin — is reasonably likely to benefit people with Duchenne who can still walk.

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