From ‘Accelerate’ To ‘Confirm’: US FDA Launches Transparency Program On Cancer Drug Approvals
Oncology Center of Excellence’s Project Confirm, formerly known as Project Accelerate, is intended to promote transparency of outcomes related to cancer drug accelerated approvals; initiative includes searchable databases on the status of oncology/hematology indications.
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