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This search function provides links to outputs produced by NIHR Innovation Observatory. These are briefing notes or reports on new or repurposed technologies. This search will not return all technologies currently in development as these outputs are produced as required for our stakeholders.

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Drugs

July 2021

Dronabinol for muscle spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis

Dronabinol is in clinical development for the treatment of spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a long-term condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing a range of symptoms including spasticity. Spasticity is when the muscles become stiff and resistant to movement, which can be extremely painful. There are currently limited treatment …

Drugs

May 2021

Trofinetide for Rett syndrome

Trofinetide is in clinical development for the treatment of females with Rett syndrome (RTT). RTT is a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development, resulting in severe mental and physical disability. In RTT, a protein called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) in the brain is lower than normal and it is thought that nerve function …

Drugs

March 2021

Natalizumab (subcutaneous injection) for highly active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis

Natalizumab is a type of biologic drug which binds to immune cells in the blood stream, preventing them from passing from the blood into the central nervous system where they can damage nerves. If licensed, subcutaneous natalizumab will offer more convenient treatment option for patients with highly active RRMS.

Drugs

November 2020

rAAVrh74.MHCK7.micro-dystrophin for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

rAAVrh74.MHCK7.micro-dystrophin is a medicinal product in clinical development for the treatment of children aged 3 months to 7 years with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a rare progressive neuromuscular disorder caused by a gene mutation (change). DMD is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. It affects …

Drugs

November 2020

Tideglusib for congenital myotonic dystrophy

Tideglusib is being development for the treatment of congenital myotonic dystrophy type 1 (CMD1). CMD1 is a form of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), a rare, genetically determined neuromuscular disorder. CMD1 begins at or around the time of birth and is characterised by severe muscle weakness, cognitive impairment and other developmental abnormalities. The condition usually occurs when the mother already has DM1 and then it is passed on to her child in a more severe form. CMD1 is typically associated with significant medical morbidity and early death. No specific treatment is currently on offer, although supportive care to manage symptoms is available.

Drugs

September 2020

Istradefylline for patients with Parkinson’s disease experiencing end of dose fluctuations

Istradefylline is a selective adenosine A2A receptor inhibitor; these receptors are found in the region of the brain that suffers degeneration in PD. The treatment works by increasing the levels of dopamine in the substantia nigra. Current treatment for PD is associated with adverse events. Several phase III clinical trials have shown istradefylline, when taken orally, to be safe and effective in the treatment of PD during OFF periods. If licensed, istradefylline will provide a new therapeutic option to managing people with Parkinson’s as the first non-dopaminergic add-on treatment.

Drugs

September 2020

ABBV-951 for motor fluctuations in Parkinson’s disease

ABBV-951 is administered under the skin (subcutaneous infusion) to deliver therapeutic quantities of the drugs levodopa and carbidopa. Levodopa can be converted by the body into dopamine in order to supplement the low levels of dopamine in PD patients and improve motor symptoms. Carbidopa makes more levodopa available for transport into the brain. ABBV-951 eliminates the ‘wearing off’ effect by providing a continuous infusion of levodopa into the bloodstream so there is less fluctuation in dopamine levels and improved motor control. If licenced, ABBV-951 would provide an additional treatment option for PD patients who are levodopa responsive and who have inadequately controlled motor fluctuations.

Drugs

July 2020

Xeomin for sialorrhea in children and adolescents aged 2 to 17 years

Xeomin is one formulation of botulinum neurotoxin type A. It is injected into salivary glands and reduces saliva production. Currently, it is recommended as a specialist option for treating sialorrhea in children and adolescents, but is not yet licensed for this indication. It is an alternative to anticholinergic drugs which are also used to reduce saliva flow, but which can have side effects in a number of patients. If licensed, Xeomin will offer an additional treatment option for chronic sialorrhea in children and adolescents aged 2 to 17 years.

Drugs

July 2020

Levosimendan for respiratory function in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Levosimendan works through binding to a protein called troponin C, which sensitises cardiac and skeletal muscles to calcium and increases their force of contraction. This increased force of contraction is thought to increase diaphragm function and support respiratory dysfunction. Levosimendan is given as an oral capsule and if licensed, it will offer a treatment option for patients with ALS, potentially delaying the need for mechanical ventilation support.

Drugs

June 2020

Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole with sensor) for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

Abilify MyCite is a drug-device combination comprising aripiprazole embedded with an Ingestible Event Marker (IEM) sensor. The aripiprazole attaches in the brain to receptors which help normalise the activity of the brain. The drug is packaged within an innovative system which helps patients (and healthcare workers) monitor when the medication is taken through integration with a sensor patch and app. Abilify MyCite is different to other ways of monitoring whether medication has been taken because it gives results of the actual medication taken, without need for blood or urine samples, as opposed to an estimate and if licensed, will offer an additional treatment option for patients with BP1 and SCH.

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