Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

Surveyed Patients Report Satisfaction With Treatment

Most scleroderma patients who responded to a U.S.-based online survey report being satisfied with their current medications and are not considering switching treatments. However, only about half of survey respondents reported being satisfied with their overall life quality, or optimistic about the future, perhaps highlighting gaps in care for…

Pitt Study Testing COVID-19 Vaccines in Autoimmune Diseases

A new study being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh is testing the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in people with scleroderma and other autoimmune diseases. The CoVER study seeks to enroll adults, 18 or older, who have rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, myositis, or…

Trial of COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Opens in Autoimmune Diseases

An enrolling clinical trial is assessing whether a “booster shot” of a COVID-19 vaccine can improve the immune response in people with scleroderma and other autoimmune diseases who did not respond, at all or optimally, to their original COVID-19 vaccine regimen. The study also will test whether temporarily stopping…

Ziritaxestat Clinical Trials Discontinued

Galapagos NV and Gilead Sciences are discontinuing all clinical trials with the investigational medication ziritaxestat. This includes the long-term extension of the Phase 2a NOVESA trial in scleroderma, as well as the Phase 3 ISABELA program in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The decision is based on…

Differences in Activity of Various Genes May Drive Scleroderma

Small genetic variations that alter gene activity could play a role in the development of scleroderma and open new avenues for treating the disorder, a study indicates. Many of the genes identified through this work also show unusual levels of activity in tissues often affected in this disease. The study,…

TMB-003 Therapy to Reduce Scarring Wins FDA Orphan Drug Designation

Scleroderma treatment TMB-003, which aims to improve patients’ quality of life by reducing the scarring that characterizes the autoimmune disorder, has been granted orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This designation is awarded to investigational therapies intended to improve treatment for rare diseases,…

Documentary ‘Beyond Breathless’ Highlights Interstitial Lung Disease

A new documentary, “Beyond Breathless,” will showcase the journey of those affected by interstitial lung disease (ILD) through the real experiences of people living with rare lung diseases, their loved ones, and healthcare professionals. The documentary, by pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, will premier at noon EST Saturday (Dec. 5) on…