US FDA Panel For Sarepta’s Gene Therapy Heavy On Temporary Voting Members
Only four of 14 voting panelists are regular members of the Cellular, Tissues and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee, with scheduling conflicts precluding participation by many others, the FDA said. Three of the temporary members are veterans of prior muscular dystrophy drug reviews.
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Seven panelists are regular members of the Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies advisory committee, while many of the 13 temporary voting members bring neurology and neuroscience expertise. In a conflict-of-interest waiver, the agency noted a struggle to find experts in clinical neurology and neurodegenerative diseases who lack disqualifying financial interests.
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Advisory committee will consider how approval of SRP-9001 now might affect completion of the 52-week endpoint in EMBARK, a fully enrolled trial with two-thirds of the subjects coming from the US. Sarepta says all study subjects will have guaranteed access to the DMD gene therapy by end of September, making the risk of dropout ‘extremely low.’