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The first BCMA-targeting agent to gain approval in myeloma never became the blockbuster for which GSK had hoped, but Blenrep appears to have set a new standard for speed of voluntary withdrawal of an accelerated approval drug after a confirmatory trial failure.
Access to expedited regulatory pathways, marketing exclusivity and tax credits in exchange for enrolling and retaining diverse clinical trial populations could provide a ‘carrot’ to the ‘stick’ in US FDA guidance and legislative proposals; attorneys Sarah Thompson Schick and Winston Kirton also call for a re-examination of concerns about remuneration for trial participants.
Despite major differences in the sponsors, drugs and circumstances, the outcomes from the hearings on Makena’s continued availability and Avastin’s breast cancer indication were strikingly similar, with overwhelming votes in favor of withdrawal. In the process, however, both sponsors gained extra commercial time for their products.
Having recently returned from six years overseas as the FDA’s liaison to the European Medicines Agency, ‘now was a good time to try something different,’ Kweder says in a Pink Sheet interview. Her tenure at the agency included numerous leadership roles in CDER as well as spearheading the development of the pregnancy labeling rule.
Tenapanor could be an option for dialysis patients who cannot tolerate phosphate binder therapy or who need more help in reaching their serum phosphorous targets, advisory committee members said; Office of New Drugs director Peter Stein is expected to rule on Ardelyx’s appeal of a complete response letter within 30 days.
Agency previously declined to approved tenapanor for the control of serum phosphorous levels in chronic kidney disease patients on dialysis, saying the magnitude of treatment effect on a surrogate endpoint in three clinical trials was less than that observed with approved drugs and of unclear significance.