In the public mind, fat and unhealthy are more or less synonymous. But reality is more complicated, as reality often is. Even among individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher, somewhere between 15% and 45% have metabolism typical of much lower-weight individuals.
Molybdenum cofactor deficiency (MoCD) type A, an ultra-rare metabolic disorder causing intractable seizures, brain injury and death, now has a world-first treatment in Nulibry (fosdenopterin), a new I.V. therapy developed by Bridgebio Pharma Inc. subsidiary Origin Biosciences Inc. The agency's priority review, supported by its orphan, breakthrough and rare pediatric disease programs, also yielded a priority review voucher (PRV) for Origin.
A failure of Tricida Inc.'s most recent efforts to overcome FDA objections to an NDA for the company's sole candidate, veverimer, for treating metabolic acidosis, sent company shares (NASDAQ:TCDA) 30.6% lower to $5.11 on Feb. 26. The complex story appears focused now on the agency's desire for additional and more reliable data to support a potential approval. Tricida President and CEO Gerrit Klaerner on Thursday suggested the ongoing renal outcomes study, Valor-CKD, might provide it.