Avastin Vs. Makena: A Comparative Timeline Of The Two Accelerated Approval Withdrawal Fights
The effort to remove Makena from the market has already lasted longer than the Avastin process from initial advisory committee vote favoring withdrawal until the final order, and the Makena appeal hearing hasn’t even been scheduled yet.
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