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Reconstructing Advisory Committees: FDA Conflict of Interest Policy Will Pose Challenges for Drug Sponsors

This article was originally published in RPM Report

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Drug sponsors soon will have another hurdle to overcome at advisory committee meetings: significant turnover in the experts asked to consider the approvability of their products. The new policy will help FDA quiet critics of the agency's advisory committee system, but it will also create more noise around the drug approval process.

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