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Pfizer has committed to building a $100 million gene therapy manufacturing facility in North Carolina. Specifically, Pfizer will expand an 11,000-square-foot plant in Sanford, North Carolina that it acquired last year when it bought Bamboo Therapeutics, a biotech company that specializes in gene therapies for certain rare diseases. Bamboo had previously acquired the facility from the University of North Carolina.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Mavyret (glecaprevir/pibrentasvir), a combination drug regimen for the treatment of patients with all major genotypes (1-6) of the chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV). The once-daily, orally-administered therapy includes two distinct antiviral agents in a fixed-dose combination of glecaprevir, an NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and pibrentasvir, an NS5A inhibitor. The regimen, which is designed to last eight weeks, does not include ribavirin. Mavyret is manufactured by AbbVie.

Leading Bleeding Disorders Advocacy Organizations File Hemophilia Discrimination Complaint Against Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Complaint argues Wellmark’s withdrawal from the Iowa marketplace discriminates against protected health conditions under the ACA, including hemophilia, and its disclosure of a patient’s personal health information violates HIPAA.

Spark Therapeutics, Inc. recently released preliminary data from a phase 1/2 dose-escalation clinical trial for SPK-8011, the company’s investigational gene therapy candidate for hemophilia A.

“Optimizing Transition to Extended Half-Life Factor Replacement Products,” is the latest educational opportunity to become available from Medscape. It is intended for hematologists, pediatricians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who manage patients with hemophilia.

The activity is part of the online series, “Clinical Advances in Hemophilia: Management for Life,” whose purpose is to increase the knowledge, skills and competence of clinicians in providing individualized management of hemophilia.

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