As Aducanumab’s US FDA Review Progressed, Support Grew For Accelerated Approval
Use of expedited pathway for Biogen's Alzheimer's drug was discussed at a center director briefing in late April, where it garnered backing from several senior CDER officials, as well as CBER director Peter Marks and OCE director Richard Pazdur.
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Without directly referencing the agency’s controversial approval of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, CDER director Patrizia Cavazzoni defended US FDA’s ability to decide on use of the expedited pathway during an application review, while also stressing the need for earlier planning on evidence generation and confirmatory trials.
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Aduhelm, One Year Later: US FDA’s Credibility, Accelerated Approval Pathway Feel The Bite From Alzheimer’s Drug Approval
June 7 marks the one-year anniversary of the accelerated approval of Biogen’s aducanumab, an event that still reverberates throughout the drug development community. While the FDA continues to defend the approval, experts say the backlash has caused the agency to become more reluctant to use the expedited pathway. Meanwhile, Alzheimer’s patients find themselves where they were a year ago: without ready access to a disease-modifying therapy.