Amylyx Pharmaceuticals is one heck of an encore.
On March 30, the Food and Drug Administration is bringing together outside experts in neurology to review an experimental drug from Amylyx for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The hearing is expected to be closely watched by ALS patients and their advocates, given the significant need for new treatments for the disease.
But the hearing is likely to garner extra attention because it’s the first meeting of the FDA advisory group since it met in November 2020 and voted unanimously against the approval of Aduhelm, Biogen’s drug for Alzheimer’s disease. The FDA later ignored that recommendation and approved the medication, leading to the resignation of three members of the panel and an uproar over whether the agency had compromised its standards.
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