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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed cancer drug developers in most cases conduct more rigorous trials to seek accelerated approval for their candidates, Reuters tells us. The agency proposed that companies conduct randomized controlled trials in which patients receive either a therapy or another alternate treatment instead of trials that test the drug without a comparator, known as single-arm studies. The FDA suggested two approaches — one of conducting a randomized clinical trial before getting the accelerated nod and then again to confirm the benefits, and another of holding just one trial to seek the nod with long-term follow-up.


More than 14.4 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with obesity, but many insurers have not signed on to cover new treatments, citing their high prices and limited track records, The Washington Post explains. Several new medications are potential game-changers, but drug companies have priced them beyond the reach of most American families without insurance coverage. And only an estimated 30% to 40% of commercial health insurance plans and 19 Medicaid programs cover anti-obesity drugs at some level, despite recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that the drugs be used in some children at risk of serious health problems.

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