Recent And Upcoming FDA Advisory Committee Meetings
Recent and upcoming US FDA advisory committee meetings and a summary of topics covered.
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Arbor Pharmaceuticals’ ADHD drug faces a challenging advisory committee after FDA questions whether even an effective abuse-deterrent stimulant formulation could produce a public health benefit. And the agency isn’t convinced that Arbor’s 505(b)(2) application for its immediate release amphetamine formulation has in fact demonstrated it would reduce abuse and misuse.
Given inconsistent study results, robustness of the efficacy evidence is expected to be key focus of the 6 November meeting of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee; review could put a December 2019 guidance on the ‘substantial evidence’ standard to the test and offer insight into the amount of flexibility the agency is willing to exercise for neurodegenerative diseases with high unmet need.