Novel Approaches to Corticoid Treatment in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Article (PDF Available)inPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 23(4):821-8 · November 2012with35 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmr.2012.08.003 · Source: PubMed
Although prednisone has never been formally approved for use in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by regulatory agencies, its efficacy has been confirmed in trials dating from the 1980s. There is a strong need for optimization of both specific type of glucocorticoid (eg, prednisone, vs deflazacort or others) and the dosing regimen. Ideally an optimized regimen would maximize efficacy while minimizing side-effect profiles. A new trial, FOR-DMD, aims to address this gap in knowledge. In parallel, there has been progress in the area of "dissociative steroids," drugs that are able to better separate efficacy and side effects, providing a broader therapeutic window.