Accelerated Approval

29
Nov

Accelerated Approvals – Here Is One to Watch

It is always interesting to see how the Agency works when one action could trigger another action.  In the Federal Register pre-publication page (here) this morning, the “Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [announced that it] is withdrawing approval of new drug application (NDA) 019832 for SULFAMYLON® (Mafenide Acetate, USP) Powder for 5% Topical Solution, held […]

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20
Oct

AD Coms 14-1 Vote to Remove Makena from the Market Could Up the Ante on Accelerated Approvals

As the pace of accelerated approvals has increased over the past few years, and as the number of withdrawals of accelerated approvals for some indications and products has also increased, the latest FDA move to seek removal of Makena, the premature birth preventative, for lack of efficacy could spell trouble for firms that cannot demonstrate […]

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09
Sep

After ADCOM’s Favorable Nod for ALS Drug, Will Another Shoe Drop? Just Saying!

With the demise of the Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab after the FDA’s accelerated approval and CMS’s actions to raise Medicare premiums in anticipation of huge demands based on its proposed pricing, we may now face another similar situation and that is with a drug for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  After a 7-2 favorable vote by the […]

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20
Jun

With One Controversial Drug for Alzheimer’s on the Market, Another’s Study Did Not Impress

There is no question that the Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm has stirred up a lot of controversary.  The action that CMS took related to reimbursement for the drug for Medicare patients and the initial yearly projected cost soured many stakeholders on the product, from prescribers to patients, as well as caregivers and healthcare providers, not to […]

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11
Jun
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Accelerated Approval for Alzheimer’s Drug Brings Cheers and Jeers!

Three FDA Advisory Committee members resigned over the FDA’s decision to grant accelerated approval to aducanumab for treating Alzheimer’s Disease.  One member said, when he resigned, that “this is the worst decision the FDA has ever made.”  I get it.  When the entire committee voted against approval (full approval), the FDA kind of backdoored its […]

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14
Feb
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CBER Publishes a Boatload of New Gene Therapy Guidances

  January was a gangbuster month for the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) with regard to publication of gene therapy (GT) guidance documents!  A total of six final guidelines and one draft guideline on GT products were issued.  These included: Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control Information for Human Gene Therapy Investigational New Drug […]

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24
Sep
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Compounding vs. FDA Approved Product Presents a Conundrum Regarding the Accelerated Approval of Hydroxyprogesterone for Delay of Preterm Labor

Sue Sutter of the Pink Sheet wrote an article on September 23 entitled “Makena’s Accelerated Approval Will Hang In Balance at US FDA Panel Meeting In October” (here [subscription required]).  The crux of the article deals with how FDA will handle accelerated approval when the required postmarketing confirmatory study fails to meet its endpoints.  Ms. […]

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