A family from Torrington, Connecticut is taking advantage of the FDA’s temporary approval of the muscular dystrophy drug Exondys 51 (or Eteplirson). In a report from Fox61.com, mom Mel Kelly had joined an MD movement that applied pressure on the FDA to approve the drug.
When the FDA gave the drug a temporary accelerated approval, Kelly immediately started her two sons on the treatment. Twenty-year-old Jacob and his 16-year-old brother Liam both suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They began the weekly IV-administered treatment in December and after just two months the family is starting to see an improvement.
Liam is now able to hug his mom around the neck and clasp his hands together, something he hadn’t been able to do for a long time.
Kelly hopes that the full FDA approval of the drug happens quickly so it becomes accessible to more muscular dystrophy families and can start to change more lives.
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