US FDA’s Drugs Center Wins Round One In Makena Dispute With Covis On Document Production
Company is not entitled to CDER's unredacted materials or predecisional drafts and emails on the proposed withdrawal of accelerated approval. However, presiding officer Celia Witten sets a 24 January deadline for CDER’s document production and requests the center re-examine what materials from a medical policy council meeting can be released.
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Jacqueline O’Shaughnessy takes over as acting chief scientist following Denise Hinton’s move to the surgeon general’s office; Hinton previously had been tapped by acting commissioner Janet Woodcock to make a final decision on the accelerated approval status of Covis' preterm birth prevention drug Makena.
Practicing obstetricians who are maternal fetal-medicine specialists should make up a ‘significant proportion’ of the advisory committee at the forthcoming hearing, Covis says; CDER calls for a more ‘balanced’ panel that includes expertise in biostatistics, neonatology and epidemiology.
Chief scientist Denise Hinton will decide the fate of Covis’ preterm birth prevention drug because acting commissioner Janet Woodcock has recused herself; CBER deputy director Celia Witten is tapped to serve as presiding officer at the hearing, which will be only the second of its kind under accelerated approval regulations.