This Week in NEJM


In NEJM this week, Bruce Chabner says the "striking" results of recent Phase I trials for targeted cancer drugs have started a discussion about shortening the process required to get approval from regulators. Normally, it takes a cancer drug about seven years to go from human trials to FDA approval, but the news of success in Phase I trials reaches physicians early and creates demand for access to the drug, Chabner says.

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