Adu-CAN-umab? Reading The Tea Leaves For Biogen’s US Filing For Alzheimer’s Drug
The US Food and Drug Administration is expediting the review for Biogen’s Alzheimer’s therapy aducanumab, setting up a likely November/December advisory committee consideration that in normal times would be the dominant topic for those who care about the agency.
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Even as the US FDA can expect to be put through the ringer with the congressional and HHS Inspector General probes, the process could have some upsides for the agency, according to former officials who have been through such scrutiny.
Two House committees have launched investigations into the US FDA approval of Biogen/Eisai’s Aduhelm for Alzheimer’s, assuring that headlines questioning the effectiveness of the therapy will continue. It didn’t have to be this way.
The aducanumab review involved everything sponsors might think they could want from the US FDA, with the agency taking a hands on approach to expedite a complex and difficult review in hopes of delivering an important new therapy to patients as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, in this case, FDA seems to have expedited the review right over a cliff.