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    Novartis Admits to ‘Mistake’ After Partial Clinical Hold Placed on Zolgensma Trial

    Novartis on Wednesday said that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a partial hold on intrathecal clinical trials of its gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients based on findings in a small preclinical animal study.   On Thursday, a Novartis spokesperson told Focus that a draft report of the preclinical safety findings was presented to the AveXis safety management team last March and the company “...
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    Novartis Blames Zolgensma Data Manipulation on Two Fired Senior Executives

    In its response to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Form 483, Novartis said in a document released Tuesday that two senior executives at its subsidiary AveXis “could not offer a credible explanation for revisions to and inconsistencies in the data” and were later fired from their positions in August. The firings follow the revelation last month that AveXis manipulated some of the nonclinical data included in the biologic license application for its billion-dollar...
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    Novartis Makes New Data Integrity Commitment

    Looking to slow the fallout from Novartis’ data manipulation fiasco with its billion-dollar gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi), CEO Vasant Narasimhan told an investor conference on Monday that the company will be more proactive in reporting data integrity issues to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “We are voluntarily and proactively taking a pledge with the FDA to ensure that we will inform them within five business days of any credible all...
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    Questions Pile up for Novartis as Senators Call on FDA to Take Action

    Why wait three months to tell the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about manipulated data? Why wait two months between documenting an initial issue and opening a nonconformance report (NCR)? And how harshly will FDA act? These questions and more are piling up for Novartis, following last week’s announcement that FDA is investigating the company for manipulating data linked to its $2.1 million gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi). In Europe, regu...
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    Novartis’ Zolgensma Joins Growing List of Medicines to Lose Accelerated Assessment Status in EU

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recently announced its decision to remove Novartis’ spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy onasemnogene abeparvovec from its accelerated assessment program. CHMP did not announce its reasoning behind the decision, which effectively means that the treatment, approved in the US as Zolgensma and launched at a price of more than $2 million, will be reviewed in the EU in 210 days rather...