‘Expanded Access’ Is Not Unfettered Access
US FDA’s updated Q&A guidance on Expanded Access places greater emphasis on safeguards around emergency use and Treatment IND programs – a change in tone from the version finalized during the ‘Right To Try’ debate.
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'Right To Try' Or 'Right To Ask'? Hearing Spotlights Adverse Events As Key Barrier To Expanded Access
FDA and the pharmaceutical industry appear to have a shared interest in finding ways to dramatically increase expanded access programs to avoid a potentially difficult fight over 'Right to Try' legislation at the federal level in 2017. A September 22 hearing on a pending Senate bill illustrates why.
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