The Inevitable Outcome: Diabetes Safety Model Expands To Weight Loss…And Beyond?
The cardiovascular outcomes standard used for diabetes drugs since 2008 is moving to weight loss. That is important in itself, but also for what it says about the lessons FDA has taken from the diabetes experience – and what it might mean about regulatory expectations for other chronic drug classes in the future.
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FDA is ready to bring patient voices and perspectives into the drug approval framework. Practically, that means that drug sponsors will have to develop new skills and structures for working with a familiar stakeholder group at an unfamiliar point in the drug development process. The new challenge was a major theme at PhRMA’s 2012 Annual Meeting.
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