Uncoordinated and redundant: FDA's Pazdur slams checkpoint inhibitor developers for creating a 'Wild West'
There’s no denying that Merck’s Keytruda set a high bar for checkpoint inhibitors in development everywhere. But when it comes to the often redundant development of PD(L)-1 antibodies worldwide, FDA’s top cancer doctors Rick Pazdur and Julia Beaver are calling for more industry coordination.
“Efforts to corral this enthusiasm should focus on increased international partnerships between sponsors of approved checkpoint inhibitors and those developing novel agents to be used with anti–PD-1 and anti–PD-L1 antibodies rather than developing ‘me too’ drugs,” Beaver and Pazdur wrote Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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