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Biological therapies for inherited diseases: social and bioethical considerations. Hemophilia as an example

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Liras, Antonio (2015) Biological therapies for inherited diseases: social and bioethical considerations. Hemophilia as an example. Expert opinion on biological therapy, 15 (5). pp. 713-722. ISSN 1471-2598, 1744-7682 (ESSN)

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Abstract

In hemophilia, advanced therapies are warranted from a conceptual and methodological standpoint. Current advanced therapy strategies are centered on the use of adeno-associated viral vectors, although problems related to immunogenicity and hepatotoxicity still remain.
Areas covered: Future clinical trials will have to scrupulously observe international bioethical standards in terms of patient selection, particularly children.
Patient recruitment rates are likely to remain low due to the stringent exclusion criteria usually imposed on the trial population regarding their hepatic and immunological markers and the presence ofviralcoinfection; and to the existence of an optimal palliative treatment.
Expert opinion: Accordingly, the results obtained are likely to be of low statistical significance, which could hinder their application to clinical practice. Another important issue is the degree to which society embraces these new emerging therapies. The unfamiliarity of society with these new methods, together with the many unresolved questions about them that remain, may threaten their acceptance not only by society at large but also by healthcare professionals, which would limit their translational application to clinical practice.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Advanced therapies, Cell therapy, Gene therapy, Hemophilia, Social and bioethical
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Bioethics
Medical sciences > Medicine > Hematology
ID Code:30938
Deposited On:17 Jun 2015 07:29
Last Modified:17 Jun 2015 10:59

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