Merck & Co. Eyes Neuroscience Advancement With US FDA’s New Receptivity To Biomarkers
Company is ‘anxious to understand’ how to utilize the agency’s views on importance of biomarkers, exec notes in earnings call. Merck & Co. and Pfizer advance COVID-19 therapeutics into Phase III. Pfizer is awaiting FDA risk-benefit assessment of JAK-1 inhibitors Xeljanz and abrocitinib.
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