Novartis’ experimental cancer treatment wins endorsement of FDA advisers
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that makes use of patients’ revved-up immune cells to fight back the deadly disease.
Advisers to the FDA recommended approval of a new experimental cancer treatment called CAR-T therapy for kids with leukemia. The new treatment retrains the patient’s immune system to kill tumor cells.
Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee member Timothy Cripe, an oncologist with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, said the recommendation for the treatment was the most exciting thing she had seen in her lifetime.
However, Dr. Wilson Bryan, who directs the agency’s office that oversees these kinds of treatments, said it would be difficult to standardize.
Commenting on the treatment, Dr. Bryan said, “Particularly, we are concerned that the same safety and benefit seen in clinical trials may not translate into routine use. This is a complex product.”
The recommendation from the federal agency’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee indicates that Novartis’ experimental treatment can be approved by the agency by the end of September this year.
In response to detention of a German writer by Turkish authorities on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Turkish authorities of misusing Interpol warrants.
In a highly ambitious move for China’s fast-growing domestic auto brands, Great Wall Motors is reportedly considering a plan to make a bid to acquire the Jeep unit of Fiat Chrysler.
Intel’s upcoming 8th-generation Core CPUs, which will feature quad-core processors inside of its chips, is expected to offer as much as 40 per cent faster performance than the previous generation.
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