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Provisions opposed by industry were dropped from a bill that makes it easier for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to withdraw drugs that were approved under an accelerated timeline, according to STAT. Gone from the bill is a requirement that companies enroll clinical trials by the time of accelerated approvals. Lawmakers also stripped a requirement that product labels disclose that medicines have been approved using the accelerated approval pathway. The industry did lose a measure that would have explicitly stated that drug companies may use data from medical claims and insurance data to help confirm that drugs work in post-marketing studies.


Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly asserted that a provision about clinical trial enrollment timing had been stripped from the legislation. 
The FDA lifted a partial clinical hold on studies for a Bluebird Bio gene therapy to treat sickle cell disease, Reuters writes. The decision ends a year-long halt on future studies and a pause in enrollment for ongoing studies of lovo-cel after one case of persistent anemia in a patient. The move also signals a more favorable regulatory environment for cell and gene therapies after a spate of clinical holds by the FDA in the last few years, according to SVB Securities analyst Mani Foroohar. Bluebird said its investigation showed patients with persistent anemia had a genetic trait called the alpha-thalassemia trait and would be excluded from future studies of the drug.

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