US Accelerated Approval: As Makena Withdrawal Hearing Looms, A Look Back At The Avastin Experience
With the public hearing on Covis’ drug for preterm birth prevention expected in 2022, the Pink Sheet talked to several former FDA officials and advisory committee members about their experiences at the 2011 hearing on withdrawal of Avastin’s accelerated approval for breast cancer.
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Presiding officer Celia Witten denies Covis’ request for an in-person hearing, saying it is unclear at this time how COVID would affect a proceeding in the fall. Hearing agenda spans two-and-a-half days and is modeled, in part, on the Avastin hearing, but with twice the time for public comment.
Covis cites challenges of conducting virtual meetings but leaves door open to hybrid approach. CDER wants advisory committee vote on feasibility of timely conducting new adequate, well-controlled trial, while Covis seeks vote on whether withdrawal is appropriate given absence of another approved drug for preventing preterm birth.
Complete Response Letters: US FDA Tells Congress Broader Disclosures To Sponsors Could Be ‘Chilling’
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