Orchard halts dosing of EMA-approved Strimvelis after patient develops leukemia
Orchard Therapeutics is pulling its EMA-approved gene therapy Strimvelis off the shelves while it investigates a potential link between the drug and a case of lymphoid T-cell leukemia.
The biotech $ORTX said it was notified of the adverse event a few days ago — just months after it slashed 25% of its workforce in an attempt to stray away from rare diseases like “bubble boy syndrome,” the one Strimvelis is approved for. The patient was treated under a compassionate use program in 2016, and is now being treated for leukemia at a specialty center. Preliminary findings suggest the diagnosis could be linked to an insertional event related to the treatment, Orchard announced.
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