FDA “Progressive Approval” And “Exceptional Approval” Pathways Possible Under Senate Bill
Legislation being drafted by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., would formalize FDA practices of approving drugs in certain circumstances where the evidence needed for a standard approval cannot be generated.
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Bill looks to expand accelerated approval rather than create new approval pathways, and also would reform conflict of interest rules for FDA advisory committees.
While it would not grab as much attention as creating a whole new approval pathway, BIO believes tinkering with accelerated approval to give the regulations more clarity and increase its use still could generate the change it wants at FDA.