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Sue Sutter

Senior Editor

Washington, D.C.
Sue is a senior editor with Pink Sheet, where she writes primarily about drug, biologic and biosimilar regulation, FDA advisory committees and product approvals.  She has reported on the prescription and over-the-counter drug industries since 1999 for various publications now under the umbrella of Informa Business Information, including Pink Sheet, “The Pink Sheet” DAILY, “The Tan Sheet” and Scrip.  Previously she worked as an editor for Mealey’s Litigation Reports (now part of Lexis-Nexis), writing about asbestos, toxic tort and fen-phen litigation.

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US FDA Panel Rejects Pfizer's Broad COVID Booster Plan But Backs Narrower Authorization For Third Vaccine Shot

Advisory committee meeting reflected internal tensions among FDA staff on need for boosters and adequacy of the data; mRNA vaccine Comirnaty should be authorized for a third dose in populations at high risk for severe disease or exposure, panel says after overwhelmingly rejecting Pfizer's bid for booster approval in the 16-and-older population. 

Advisory Committees Coronavirus COVID-19

Real-World Evidence Will Take Center Stage At US FDA Advisory Committee On COVID Boosters

If regulators agree with Pfizers conclusions – and briefing documents suggest thats a big if – about real-world studies showing Comirnatys effectiveness waning over time, thereby justifying the need for a booster dose, it could be part of a historical moment for FDA’s use of RWE.

Advisory Committees Coronavirus COVID-19

Gene Therapy: AAV Doses Should Not Be Subject To Fixed Upper Limit, US FDA Panel Says

Lack of reference standards inhibits ability to make comparisons between products or set caps for total vector genome dose or total capsid dose, advisory committee says; panelists suggest other approaches to prevent and mitigate toxicities, including running longer-term animal studies and investigating the efficacy of immunosuppression prophylaxis and treatment strategies.

Advisory Committees Gene Therapy

Keytruda's Urothelial Cancer Claim Goes From Accelerated To Full Approval, With More Limited Scope

US FDA showed some regulatory flexibility by relying on longer-term follow-up from Merck’s original single-arm trial, rather than additional confirmatory studies, to retain the first-line claim, but it narrowed the target population to those with the greatest unmet need; Keytruda indication was one of six 'dangling' accelerated approvals re-examined by Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee in April.

Approvals ImmunoOncology

Gene Therapies: US Panel To Weigh Strategies For Preventing, Mitigating AAV Vector Toxicities

FDA seeks advice on screening patients potentially at higher risk for liver and other injuries, strategies to implement before or after gene therapy administration to head off or mitigate potential adverse events, and whether upper limits should be set for the total vector genome dose and total capsid dose.

Gene Therapy Rare Diseases

Pfizer Vaccine’s Benefit-Risk Assessment In Older Male Adolescents A Close Call Due To Myocarditis

For males 16-17 years old, excess cases of myocarditis/pericarditis from Comirnaty would exceed COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths under ‘worst case’ scenario modeled by US FDA; agency nevertheless deemed approval warranted in this subpopulation, citing prevention of nonhospitalized COVID cases and public health benefits from vaccination.

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