2020 In Review: US FDA New Drug Office’s COVID-19 Response Aided By Reorganization
Office of New Drugs Director Peter Stein tells the Pink Sheet that last phase of massive reorg was complicated by pandemic restrictions that forced review staff to work remotely, but the structural overhaul resulted in smaller, more nimble review groups and the breaking down of silos that ultimately helped the agency’s response to the public health crisis.
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