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FDA Approves First Ever Cyclodextrin Infusion Treatment For Twin Girls Suffering From Fatal Cholesterol Disease

March 15, 2009 by  
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After months of research, document preparation, discussions with the FDA and an immense amount of stress, it’s finally official.  The FDA has approved our “compassionate use” IND request to give Addi and Cassi infusions of a non toxic sugar compound called 2-Hydroxypropyl-beta-Cyclodextrin or HPBCD.

This Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 7:30am and 8:30am, Addi and Cassi will have medi-ports surgically placed into their chests at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. The placements of these medi-ports (similar to ports used to administer chemotherapy drugs) will allow our doctors to start direct infusions of 2-Hydroxypropyl-beta-Cyclodextrin directly into Addi and Cassi’s bloodstreams.  The goal of the infusions (which will take place at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada) is to try and move trapped cellular cholesterol out of Addi and Cassi’s spleens, livers and ultimately their brains.

From what we understand, this will be the second time in the United States that cyclodextrin alone has been used in an attempt treat a fatal disease. Over 20 years ago, cyclodextrin was used in a medical case involving a boy with severe hypervitaminosis A and cyclodextrin saved the child’s life. In Addi and Cassi’s case, we are trying to save the girls from Niemann Pick Type C disease, a fatal cholesterol metabolism disorder that is often referred to as the “Childhood Alzheimer’s.”  There is no cure for NPC and only one experimental drug treatment.

Now this promising sugar compound that is not a considered a drug provides our family with a glimmer of hope. We would like to thank the following doctors, researchers and companies for their support: Dr. Caroline Hastings, Dr. Ron Browne, Dr. Susan Sorensen, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Renown Regional Medical Center, CollabRx, Johnson & Johnson for providing critical safety data on cyclodextrin to the FDA, the FDA for approving our request, researchers Benny Liu and Steve Walkley for their amazing work on cyclodextrin and Niemann Pick Type C mouse models, cyclodextrin expert Rick Stratton at CTD, Inc. and all of our friends and family who have provided us with the emotional support to forge ahead and never give up on finding therapies for our daughters.

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22 Responses to “FDA Approves First Ever Cyclodextrin Infusion Treatment For Twin Girls Suffering From Fatal Cholesterol Disease”
  1. Willsmomstacie says:

    Chris, You are a Warrior Mom! As mom of a child on the autistic spectrum with numerous complex health issues, I am in awe of what you have accomplished in the midst of caring for your beautiful girls. When traditional medicine offers no hope, us moms become medical researchers, pharmacists, naturopaths, nutritionists, nurses, teachers, OT’s and diagnosticians. Keep up your phenomenal work and know that you have fans and supporters in the biomedical autism community!!

    • chris says:

      Thank you Willsmomstacie! I have never heard of the term Warrior Mom befor but I am going to use it! I feel Autism might be connected to disruptions in cholesterol — did you know that children with the disease SLOS all have severe Autism (they do not make cholesterol — Addi and Cassi on the other hand can’t process it)? I would be very curious to know what type of research is going on with Autism and cholesterol.

  2. Kraig Van Kirk says:

    Well wishes to you. i am writing a research paper for my human genetics class on Niemann-pick disease after i watched your story on the news one night and was instantly intrigued and fell in love with your 2 precious girls. i hope the cyclodextrin works and i hope you will keep posting how the treatment is going so i can check up on the results.

    – kraig van kirk

    • chris says:

      Hi Kraig:

      Thanks so much for you post — the girls are doing well on their infusions of cyclodextrin. Human genetics is fascinating — I never thought I would ever learn anything about DNA and the genome, especially my own. I am very worried about my health because I am a carrier of an NPC mutation — they don’t know much about what happens to carriers like me but I bet in the future they will determine that I an pre-disposed to health issues. My Mother who is the carrier of the faulty gene and passed it to me had her first heart attack at 49 and a triple bypass at 65 despite a good diet and statin drugs. Yet they tell me I have nothing to worry about. Hmmmm.

  3. Inmaculada Medina says:

    Quería darles la enhorabuena por el logro conseguido al iniciar sus hijas, que por cierto son preciosas, el tratamiento con Cyclo.
    Yo soy madre de un niñoa afectado por NPC que falleció el pasado mes de diciembre y se lo que tienen que estar pasando.
    Les deseo toda la suerte del mundo para que tengan resultados positivos, porque se lo merecen.
    También me gustaría me informara si sabe si hay alguna manera de hacer llegar este medicamento a España ya que ahora me estoy dedicando a ayudar a familias que todavía tienen a sus hijos.

  4. Ken & Connie Taylor says:

    We will pray that Addi and Cassi will be healed, and eventually other children. We have a grand-daughter who is suffering from Niemann Pick Type C disease.

    • chris says:

      Ken and Connie:
      I am so sorry you are going through this nightmare like we are. I am sending prayers back to you and I hope that this cyclodextrin helps not only Addi and Cassi but someday your granddaughter.


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