Pink Sheet Podcast: Aduhelm OIG Review, COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Sprint, Adcomm Drought
Pink Sheet reporters and editor discuss the inspector general assessment of the US FDA’s approval of Aduhelm as well as the accelerated approval program, the FDA race to finish its review of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine BLA, and the lack of agency advisory committee meetings.
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