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US FDA panel to take on knotty anti-NGF challenge

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The US FDA has been grappling with the knotty challenge of how to regulate an experimental class of drugs, known as anti-nerve growth factors (anti-NGFs), which regulators said "represent a potentially significant and novel strategy for the treatment of pain," but have been linked to osteonecrosis and avascular necrosis (AVN) – all leading to joint replacement – and wants a panel of outside experts to help the agency decide whether to permit drug makers to proceed with clinical testing.

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