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Good morning, and welcome to a spooky edition of Pharmalittle. It’s Jason Mast here, filling in for Ed. Nothing too scary on the docket — unless you consider broken partnerships and spurned FDA applications scary — but I have dropped a Reese’s cup in my coffee this morning, which, for bean purists, is probably a little frightful. Happy Halloween and onto the news:

FDA advisers unanimously spurned an experimental drug for rare pediatric brain cancer, Endpoints News tells us. The company behind the drug, Y-Mabs, had released data showing it led to a three-year-survival rate of 54% in a study. But that study had no control group, and the agency and the company disagreed sharply on whether it showed patients were really living longer than standard of care. A committee of advisers agreed, voting 16-0 to recommend rejecting the drug.


AbbVie is dropping out of a long-running psoriasis partnership, Fierce Biotech reports. The deal, with French biotech Inventiva, began a decade ago and focused on what they called ROR inverse agonists, an approach they believed could tamp down a wider array of inflammatory signals in the body than current approaches. The work resulted in a molecule now in Phase 2, but AbbVie bowed out months before data was set to be released. The company said a preclinical study raised concerns about the experimental drug’s safety.

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