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Ophthalmology supervisory medical officer Wiley Chambers played a key role at three different advisory committee meetings in early October. Only one was a review in his division.
Novo Nordisk's once-weekly GLP-1 agonist can address diabetic retinopathy complications through labeling, US FDA advisory committee says in endorsing approval; panelists say a postmarketing study on retinopathy would be desirable and could be folded into a larger cardiovascular outcomes trial.
Once-weekly GLP-1 agonist was associated with higher risk of diabetic retinopathy complications in the SUSTAIN-6 trial, but Novo says this is consistent with data on early worsening of pre-existing retinopathy after glycemic control improves. While FDA's ophthalmology consultant concludes there's no cause for worry, clinical review team expresses 'residual concerns.'
Recent and upcoming US FDA advisory committee meetings and a summary of topics covered.
US FDA's Dermatologic and Ophthalmologic Drugs Advisory Committee votes in favor of efficacy of proposed glaucoma treatment, but several say only in patients with baseline intraocular pressure less than 25 mmHg.
In an interview, Spark President Katherine High explains that multi-luminance mobility test used in clinical development of Spark's gene therapy voretigene sprang from 2011 FDA meeting on need to study functional vision in patients with retinal degenerative diseases. Experience highlights need for new endpoints when targeting previously untreated diseases, she says.
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