Review some of the top stories from the Contemporary Pediatrics website over the last week, and catch up on anything you may have missed.
Thank you for visiting the Contemporary Pediatrics® website. Take a look at some of our top stories from last week (Monday, October 30 to Friday, November 3, 2023), and click on each link to read and watch anything you may have missed.
For the first time since 2001 to 2002, a year-to-year increase in the infant mortality rate was observed in the United States from 2021 to 2022. The provisional 20,538 infant deaths reported in 2022 were a 3% increase compared to 2021.
The FDA has approved abatacept (Orencia) for patients aged ≥2 years with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a condition causing joint damage in pediatric patients, offering a new treatment option for juvenile PsA, benefiting young patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
Vamorolone, oral suspension 40 mg/ml, has been approved by the FDA to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients aged 2 years and up, according to Santhera Pharmaceuticals.
A usability study demonstrated that individuals older than 18 years could self-administer the intranasal treatment or administer it to eligible patients aged 2 to 49 years when given instructions and no additional guidance.
Longer-term data was recently released for dupilumab as a treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in children aged 1 to 11 years, demonstrating a similar safety and efficacy profile for up to 1 year of treatment. A supplemental Biologic License Application was accepted by the FDA in September 2023 with a Priority Review designation.