ODAC Applauds Effort, But Votes Against Y-mAbs’ I-Omburtamab In Neuroblastoma
US FDA advisory committee voted unanimously that there was not enough evidence to show the monoclonal antibody improves overall survival, but panelists are hopeful that real-world evidence could eventually get the orphan candidate over the finish line.
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Alongside CSL/Behring/uniQure’s Hemgenix (etranacogene dezaparvovec), the European Medicines Agency has given the green light to new drugs for liver cancer, NSCLC, Pompe disease and multiple sclerosis. But it turned down omburtamab for treating the rare cancer, neuroblastoma.
Four of the six products up for a marketing authorization opinion from the EMA’s advisory committee, the CHMP, this week are orphan drugs. One of them, omburtamab, was recently turned down by a US FDA advisory panel.
The FDA’s thumbs-down was largely expected after a negative advisory committee review and the path forward for the drug remains unclear – but the company is prioritizing other programs.