Companies Reveal Likely EU Review Outcomes Against EMA Advice
The European Medicines Agency asks companies to wait until they know for certain whether their marketing authorization applications will be approved or not before making any public announcement. Despite this, some companies go public as soon as they hear an early, but non-binding, verdict. The Pink Sheet looks at the issue of “trend votes” and at the companies who decide not to wait.
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