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Unlike AMAG's Makena, nearly all the products that have seen their accelerated approvals pulled have left the market quietly, our infographic shows.
CBER’s Peter Marks says agency assesses the importance of durability of effect differently for a gene therapy that treats a disease that has no other available therapies versus a condition for which there are multiple approved treatments. Marks’ comments shed more light on the complete response letter for BioMarin’s hemophilia gene therapy Roctavian.
Communication and education on samidorphan’s opioid antagonistic effects should focus on health care providers that prescribe opioids as well as psychiatrists that prescribe olanzapine, advisory committee says in endorsing the safety and efficacy of ALKS 3831.
Among hundreds of trials underway on potential therapeutics, only about 6% of study arms are expected to yield actionable data because most are nonrandomized, underpowered or underenrolled, Operation Warp Speed’s Janet Woodcock says, renewing her pitch for adoption of master protocols and other approaches to streamline studies and improve efficiency.
Preterm birth prevention drug should come off the market to ensure the accelerated approval pathway does not operate as a lower approval standard, agency says; proposed withdrawal comes almost a year after an advisory committee split on the question of whether Makena should stay on the market in light of delayed, and ultimately unsuccessful, confirmatory study.
ALKS 3831, which combines olanzapine with the mu opioid receptor antagonist samidorphan, was associated with less weight gain compared to olanzapine alone but showed no benefit on metabolic parameters; in advisory committee briefing documents, agency raises theoretical safety concerns about drug’s opioid antagonistic effects in real-world settings.