US FDA's Woodcock: Sponsors Have To Make Right-To-Try Decisions
FDA must still determine internal procedures for receiving annual reports and handling adverse events through the controversial pathway that encourages access to unapproved therapies.
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Sponsors will have little obligation to conduct due diligence of adverse events experienced with right-to-try drug use under a proposed FDA rule, leading critics to once again raise safety concerns with the pathway for accessing experimental medicines. The agency will not help patients or companies determine whether drugs qualify for right-to-try.
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