Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Low Vitamin D Levels in Patients Improved With Supplements

People with Cushing’s disease have a high risk of being deficient in vitamin D, but taking supplements can improve those levels, a new study indicates. Results also showed that lower vitamin D levels are associated with higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that is elevated in Cushing’s. The…

Corcept Will Seek FDA Approval of Relacorilant in 2023

Corcept Therapeutics is on track to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve the investigational therapy relacorilant to treat Cushing’s syndrome by the middle of next year, the company announced. Cushing’s syndrome is characterized by excessive levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes a range of…

PANTHERx Rare Pharmacy to Distribute Recorlev Therapy in US

Xeris Pharmaceuticals has selected the specialty pharmacy PANTHERx Rare to distribute Recorlev (levoketoconazole), the company’s therapy that was recently approved to treat adults with endogenous Cushing’s syndrome in whom surgery is not possible or not effective. “PANTHERx is proud to partner with Xeris to address the needs of adults…

Sparrow Cleared to Start Phase 2 Trial of SPI-62 Early Next Year

Sparrow Pharmaceuticals is gearing up for the start of a Phase 2 trial that will assess the safety and effectiveness of the company’s experimental medicine SPI-62 in people with Cushing’s disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared Sparrow’s investigational new drug application (IND), giving the company…

Test Found Useful for Diagnosing Cushing’s During Pregnancy

The desmopressin stimulation test can be useful to diagnose Cushing’s during pregnancy, a time when its identification may be particularly challenging due to the hormonal changes these women experience, a new case report says. The report, “Desmopressin Stimulation Test in a Pregnant Patient with Cushing’s Disease,” was published…