Teva’s Synribo: Salvage Therapy, But Not Personalized Medicine
Omacetaxine finds new life as a salvage treatment in chronic myeloid leukemia after failing to pass FDA muster for targeted therapy in patients with a particular genetic mutation. FDA allowed Teva to pool data from two open-label studies to secure approval in a third-line setting.
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A Center for Devices and Radiological Health representative tells a conference on drug/diagnostic co-development that it doesn’t matter how well designed a study for a therapeutic agent is if the accompanying biomarker-targeted test is not reliable and uniformly implemented.
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