[Policy Review] Lessons learned from postmarketing withdrawals of expedited approvals for oncology drug indications

February, 02, 2024 | Select Oncology Journal Articles

In the past decade, there have been a record number of oncology therapy approvals by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Besides the EMA’s conditional marketing authorisation programme and the FDA’s Accelerated Approval Program, we observe a tendency towards fast approval for exploratory studies with non-randomised, uncontrolled designs and surrogate endpoints. This issue raises concerns about the robustness and effectiveness of accepted treatments, leaving patients and health-care professionals in a state of uncertainty.

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