Third time the charm? Analyst says a marketing decision is “imminent” for Sarepta’s Duchenne drug eteplirsen
Everything that happens at Sarepta – real or imagined – is grounds for debate and rampant speculation on Twitter. So it’s no surprise that when Baird analyst Brian Skorney issued a note late last week saying that the FDA’s decision on Sarepta’s controversial drug eteplirsen is “imminent,” the online kerfuffle that followed included plenty of taunts, tantrums and tears.
Some necessary background: Sarepta’s NDA for eteplirsen has famously been delayed twice. The first delay came after FDA insiders roundly criticized the drug for failing to show signs of efficacy. The second came with their second salvo that took apart Sarepta’s counterattack on a point-by-point basis. Both reviews castigated the biotech for failing to heed repeated advice on running a bigger, better study. And then there was an expert panel vote against an approval, based on the agency’s overwhelmingly negative view.
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