Administering Zolgensma

Administering Zolgensma

Zolgensma, or onasemnogene abeparvovec, is an adeno-associated virus vector-based gene therapy that was approved by the FDA in May 2019. Given the newness of this therapy, it is important that healthcare providers are educated on specific information regarding the...
Patient and Parent Perspectives on the Use of Nusinersen for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Patient and Parent Perspectives on the Use of Nusinersen for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

At the end of 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nusinersen for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).1 Because of the high threshold for FDA approval, an abundance of data on nusinersen and its physiological effects on SMA patients...
How to Administer Nusinersen in Adolescents 

How to Administer Nusinersen in Adolescents 

Nusinersen is the first treatment available for children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Before its approval in 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had not approved the use of any drug for SMA treatment.1 While the introduction of this new drug marks...
Chest Physiotherapy and Pulmonary Care in the Acutely Ill Child

Chest Physiotherapy and Pulmonary Care in the Acutely Ill Child

Children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) often have difficulty with breathing and maintaining blood oxygenation in periods of relative wellness. As such, they often have limited reserve pulmonary and cardiovascular function. Thus during an acute illness, especially...