Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Real-world Study Reports No New Safety Issues With Long-term Firdapse

Long-term treatment with Firdapse is generally well-tolerated by people with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS), according to a study of patient registry data. “The European LEMS registry aimed to collate observational safety data on treatments offered to patients with LEMS, particularly [Firdapse], which was approved in the year before…

Europe Awaits Proposed New Framework for Sharing Health Data

The European Commission is expected to propose a new governing framework for health data next month, called the European Health Data Space (EHDS), with the aim of connecting national health systems to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of data across systems in different European nations. The move is expected to…

Generic Amifampridine SERB Wins EMA Endorsement To Treat LEMS

A branch of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that Amifampridine SERB, a generic version of Firdapse, be approved to treat adults with Lambert‑Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) in the European Union. The recommendation, from the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), will now…

Catalyst Plans to Request FDA Extend Use of Firdapse to Children

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals is planning to request that the approved use of Firdapse in the U.S. be expanded to include children with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). The company also announced, as part of its “patient first” commitment, an intention to sustain established access programs so that anyone with LEMS seeking…

Rare Disease Therapy Developers Saw Investment Jump 28% in 2021

Investment in companies developing treatments for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) and other rare diseases increased by 28% in 2021 compared with the previous year, according to a new report from the rare disease nonprofit Global Genes. “Rare diseases continue to have a strong allure to investors, as evidenced…