Steba’s Tookad: US FDA Panel To Weigh Novel Endpoints, Missing Data And Toxicities
Sponsor seeks accelerated approval for low-risk, early-stage prostate cancer based on a trial that met its coprimary endpoints, but agency says interpretation of those results is complicated by novelty of the outcomes, data quality issues and increase in genitourinary adverse events.
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