Skipping a Step


The recent problems involving Avastin — in which FDA decided to yank its approval for the drug to be used as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer — shows the importance of carrying out follow-up studies for cancer treatments, says In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe. Now, it seems some companies are skipping that step, which, Lowe adds, "isn't good." Conditional approval is granted by FDA as a way to get a needed drug to patients while waiting for more data.

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