Pandemic Perspectives: How COVID May Reshape US Emergency Use Authorizations
FDA policy experts Jesse Goodman, Mark McClellan, Peter Lurie, David Bowen, Patti Zettler, and Aaron Kesselheim suggest ideas and points to consider in using the COVID-19 experience to assess whether standards for EUAs should be adjusted.
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The US Food and Drug Administration's EUA pathway has seen more use in the therapeutic and vaccine space during the current pandemic than it has in its entire 16-year history and in many cases the potential eligible populations for the authorized products are far larger than past EUAs. Pink Sheet infographic compares details of past and present EUAs.
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