Michael Kauffman (CEO, Karyopharm)

Karyopharm bags an up­set win at the FDA as reg­u­la­tors OK myelo­ma drug de­spite a host of ob­jec­tions

Some­body high up at the FDA must re­al­ly like Karyopharm $KP­TI.

On Wednes­day the biotech an­nounced that the agency had stamped an OK on their ap­pli­ca­tion to mar­ket se­linex­or for mul­ti­ple myelo­ma, cut­ting ahead of the late-stage re­sults — though in an in­trigu­ing note the agency said they had a look at ad­di­tion­al re­sults from an on­go­ing study.

The ap­proval came de­spite a sol­id ma­jor­i­ty of ex­perts on an out­side pan­el who vot­ed against a quick OK, pre­fer­ring to see the Phase III da­ta first. And it ar­rives de­spite an in­ter­nal re­view com­plete with a host of ob­jec­tions to the da­ta de­liv­ered to back the pitch.

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