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MacGregor A, Zhang AD, Wallach JD, Ross JS, Herder M. Disagreements Within the US Food and Drug Administration Regarding Approval of Novel Therapeutic Agents, 2011-2015. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(7):e209498. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.9498
Thirty days after a novel therapeutic agent, a new molecular entity, or original biologic is approved, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must publicly disclose its approval package, including scientific reviews completed by FDA disciplines (eg, pharmacology, statistical, and medical reviewers) and any available assessments by agency leadership.1 Although reports of internal disagreement have surfaced,2 it is unclear how often such disagreements occur. Disagreements document differing points of view or engaged discussion and may, thus, capture important scientific debates or signal challenging decisions within the agency. We sought to determine the frequency of disagreements within the FDA regarding approval of novel therapeutic agents.
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