USA FDA Gives Biogen Big Hand In Effort To Get Its Alzheimer’s Treatment On The Market
In unusual move, FDA formed ‘working group’ collaboration with Biogen to conduct further analyses of two aducanumab studies after the Phase III trials were halted. Agency concluded drug’s effectiveness in one of the studies is ‘robust and exceptionally persuasive’ and advised Biogen that it was ‘reasonable’ to submit a marketing application.
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