Oncopeptides’ Melflufen: Same Data, Different Conclusions From EMA, US FDA
The two regulators were an OCEAN apart on their interpretation of the overall survival and progression-fee survival data from the Phase III confirmatory trial. European regulators saw fit to recommend Pepaxti’s approval, even after the drug was voluntarily discontinued in the US market due to FDA concerns.
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