ALS Drugs: FDA May Adjust Development Recommendations In Real Time For Ongoing Programs
Agency’s action plan for rare neurodegenerative diseases maps out over five years, but knowledge gained can inform products currently in development; new FDA grant program looks to invest in remote use of clinical outcome assessments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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