Ionita C, Kinnett K, Mathews K. Collective Statement Regarding Patient Access to Approved Therapies from the Center Directors of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy’s Certified Duchenne Care Centers. PLoS currents 2018;10.
By now two therapies for DMD have been approved and studies into several other drugs are ongoing. In this articles directors of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy’s certified Duchenne care centers in the US make a statement that neuromuscular specialists, patients and their family and organisations like PPMD should be involved in health care policies.
The dystrophinopathies (Duchenne [DMD] and Becker muscular dystrophy) are progressive diseases that until recently had no specific treatments. New FDA pathways to drug approval in rare diseases have resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of treatment trials for DMD and recently, two approved drugs. Health insurance policies for DMD products have been constructed with limited input from neuromuscular specialists directly involved in patient care and without patient input. These policies often reflect a lack of understanding of the disease, clinical population or the treatment. To ensure that policy determinations reflect best clinical practice, we recommend insurers work with neuromuscular specialists with expertise in care for patients with dystrophinopathy, as well as patients and families, and prominent advocacy organizations, such as Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, in developing policies.