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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A new indication for the generic diuretic in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction gets an 8-4 vote, with one abstention, despite troubles an analysis that tries to revive the TOPCAT trial with an analysis excluding Eastern European sites – or about half the participants.
Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine got a more solid ‘yes’ vote than Pfizer/BioNTech’s, but committee chair cautions against drawing any comparisons between the products from the different tallies. Last-minute bickering over FDA’s phrasing of voting question complicated meeting but resulted in minimal harm.
But advisory committee members debate how to define the target population for a new indication, shying away from use of ‘preserved’ to characterize heart failure patients with ejection fraction levels below normal but greater than the definition of ‘reduced’ EF.