AstraZeneca Takes “Anti-Avastin” Pledge On Accelerated Approval Withdrawal
Sponsor says it would offer to remove olaparib from the market if results from ongoing SOLO-2 trial in ovarian cancer maintenance setting are “not consistent” with Phase II efficacy data upon which accelerated approval is requested.
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Office of Neuroscience Director Billy Dunn touted FDA’s ability to withdraw approval for AMX0035 if subsequent data indicate a lack of substantial evidence of effectiveness. However, this provision appears to have been infrequently used and involves a potentially time-consuming hearing.
Pink Sheet interactive timeline looks at key regulatory, policy and legislative developments impacting the accelerated approval pathway over the last 10 years.