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Accelerated Approval: US FDA Request For Makena’s Withdrawal Goes Beyond Failed Confirmatory Trial

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Preterm birth prevention drug should come off the market to ensure the accelerated approval pathway does not operate as a lower approval standard, agency says; proposed withdrawal comes almost a year after an advisory committee split on the question of whether Makena should stay on the market in light of delayed, and ultimately unsuccessful, confirmatory study.

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