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US FDA is asking oncology sponsors for randomized studies comparing at least two doses early in development; despite concerns about delaying approval, FDA and industry reps say approach will increase success of registrational trials and reduce likelihood of market withdrawal due to toxicity.
Company is not entitled to CDER's unredacted materials or predecisional drafts and emails on the proposed withdrawal of accelerated approval. However, presiding officer Celia Witten sets a 24 January deadline for CDER’s document production and requests the center re-examine what materials from a medical policy council meeting can be released.
To validate change in circulating tumor DNA as an early endpoint predictive of longer-term outcomes, academia, industry and regulators must harmonize data collection for trials in early-stage disease, a Friends of Cancer Research white paper states.
In expanding authorization of booster doses for both mRNA vaccines, the agency updated Moderna’s fact sheet to state the vaccine appears to pose a higher risk of myocarditis/pericarditis in males under age 40 years after the second dose, although data are ‘not yet dispositive.’
Confirmatory trial for Secura Bio’s Farydak has been delayed for several years, while the study for Acrotech’s Marqibo was terminated early; a 2 December advisory committee meeting to consider the drugs’ fate was cancelled, which could mean the sponsors reached new study agreements with the FDA or plan to withdraw the drugs.
Pfizer’s Comirnaty: Emerging Myocarditis Signal Drew Flurry Of Attention During Compressed BLA Review
Multiple offices within CBER worked to get a handle on the myocarditis issue in the midst of a three-month review of the COVID vaccine, with US FDA staff undertaking a quantitative benefit-risk assessment and negotiating with Pfizer on postmarket safety studies.