“Breakthrough” Review: FDA And Sponsors Discuss Ways To Improve Efficiency
Pharmacyclics exec says PDUFA V “program” meetings should be optional, as timelines for mid-cycle communication and late-cycle meeting are out of sync with highly compressed review times for some products. CDER is internally discussing whether it would be feasible to give breakthrough therapy sponsors a target date for approval.
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