Bluebird’s Eli-Cel Gene Therapy Gets US Panel Nod For Some Cerebral Adrenoleukodystrophy Patients
Committee endorses use for those who lack a matched donor for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant and says the treatment should be an option for patients with a matched, but unrelated, donor.
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Gene Therapies: US FDA Has Used Accelerated Approval Four Times Based On Intermediate Clinical Endpoints
Three of the accelerated approvals were for CAR-T products, a class that the agency considers to be gene therapies. The FDA’s September approval of bluebird bio’s Skysona for cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy was the lone non-cancer product in the group. Pink Sheet infographic tracks the required confirmatory studies and timelines for all four products.
Retiring Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies’ Director Wilson Bryan expects the expedited pathway will be used more frequently moving forward, but worries that ambiguous confirmatory trial results many years down the line will still leave efficacy questions unanswered.
Even before a new law granted FDA authority to require studies be underway before accelerated approval, review divisions have, in some cases, given sponsors years of advance notice on expectations around study timing, according to a Pink Sheet review of NME accelerated approvals.