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The US FDA’s use of its advisory committees continues to shrink. In 2022, the expert panels appear primarily to serve as a last chance for sponsors to prevent (or overturn) an FDA rejection.
Joint advisory committee concludes 14 to 8 that Avenue Therapeutics’ data does not show that benefits of tramadol IV outweigh risks for acute pain management in an inpatient setting. Several panelists did not share FDA’s concern about the theoretical risk of opioid ‘stacking’ while others said delayed onset of analgesia is problematic.
Avenue Therapeutics seems unlikely to get advisory committee support for its opioid analgesic over the agency’s conclusion that the drug’s ‘minimal benefit’ is outweighed by a potential risk from its delayed onset of pain relief. FDA has issued two complete response letters and denied Avenue’s first request for a formal dispute resolution.
FDA has a series of potentially high-profile advisory committees lined up to kick off 2022. One key underlying theme: whether and when the agency should use advisory committees to combat the perception of undue political pressure.