What Did US FDA Do Wrong In Its Review Of Aducanumab? AdCom Members Have A List
Committee members rebuked FDA for its positive review of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s disease drug, objecting to its ‘terrifically one-sided’ analysis of data, the short shrift given the contrary conclusions of its own statistician, and its interpretation of a dosing study to support the sole positive Phase III study.
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Company seeks accelerated approval based on changes in neurofilament as a surrogate for efficacy; with controversy over FDA’s Aduhelm approval in Alzheimer’s still raging, agency is again faced with deciding whether biomarker data in a neurodegenerative disease with high unmet need are sufficient to justify approval in the face of a failed clinical endpoint study.
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.
Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee has held two of FDA’s most closely watched meetings in recent years, but there was little overlap between the panel that reviewed Amylyx’s ALS drug and the one that evaluated Biogen’s aducanumab 16 months earlier.