SMA Patient Meeting Showcases FDA Flexibility – And Appreciation From Advocates
US agency's top neurology review officials received warm reception during Patient Focused Drug Development meeting for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. They also delivered a strong message of continued engagement beyond the first drug approval.
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