Secura’s Copiktra: Trial Design, Shifting Standard Of Care Could Spell The End For Third-Line CLL/SLL
In concluding benefits do not outweigh risks in the drug’s current indication, US FDA advisory committee members cite concerns about survival data from the Phase III DUO trial, as well as the drug’s toxicities, safety issues with the PI3K inhibitor class, and the changing treatment landscape for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and small lymphocytic lymphoma.
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