Knack [13 November 2018]

“Volgende regering moet werk maken van waardevolle geneesmiddelen tegen een redelijke prijs” – “The next government must work on valuable medicines at a reasonable price”

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Sanofi et la DNDi soumettent leur traitement contre la maladie du sommeil à l’évaluation de l’Agence européenne des médicaments ​

Paris, Genève – 31 janvier 2018
Sanofi a soumis le dossier du féxinidazole dans le traitement de la maladie du sommeil à l’évaluation de l’Agence européenne des médicaments (EMA). Le féxinidazole est développé en collaboration avec la Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative (DNDi, initiative Médicaments contre les maladies négligées). Il serait le premier traitement entièrement par voie orale actuellement développé dans le traitement de la forme de trypanosomiase humaine africaine (ou maladie du sommeil) causée par le parasite Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (g-HAT). Ce médicament pourrait contribuer à l’éradication de la maladie.

Sanofi, DNDi seek European Medicines Agency review for sleeping sickness treatment

Paris, Geneva – 31 January 2018
Sanofi has asked the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to review fexinidazole for the treatment of sleeping sickness. Fexinidazole is being developed in collaboration with the Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative (DNDi). It would be the first all-oral treatment under investigation for Trypanosoma brucei gambiense human African trypanosomiasis (g-HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. This treatment is expected to contribute to the elimination of the disease.

UHC Forum 2017

December 12-15, 2017
Tokyo, Japan
DNDi co-hosted a side event on NTDs.

The challenge of conducting clinical trials in remote and conflict areas

The journey to the sleeping sickness trial site in Isangi from the DNDi office in Kinshasa begins in the domestic airport of DRC’s capital city and ends more than a day later halfway across the country in a barge crossing the Congo river. In between: hours spent navigating potholed dirt roads, collapsed bridges, checkpoints, and multiple river crossings. Once at Isangi, canoes must be used to reach many of the patients as there are no roads.

Yet for DNDi’s clinical team in DRC, Isangi is one of the easier-to-reach sites. The DRC and the Central African Republic (CAR) both pose daunting challenges that must be overcome to develop better treatments for patients suffering from sleeping sickness.