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Health technology assessment body NICE says that Revlimid fights cancer cells in a different way to current treatments which should help reduce resistance and improve disease outcomes.
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Recommending new medicines for approval and allowing sponsors of others extra time to answer outstanding questions are among the many tasks on the agenda of the March meeting of European Medicines Agency's key scientific committee, the CHMP. The meeting has been taking place, remotely, this week.
Intellectual property rights are under the microscope as countries prepare to provide affordable and timely access to pandemic technologies.