If Alkermes Antidepressant Can Get Past FDA, The Market Might Be There
Alkermes’s announcement of positive findings in the FORWARD-5 trial of its treatment-resistant depression drug ALKS 5461 came as a surprise, given the past two Phase III trials disappointed, but if it can gain approval, the buprenorphine/samidorphan product could meet an unmet need.
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Reversing an earlier decision, FDA accepted Alkermes' new drug application (NDA) for ALKS 5461 for review, with a target action date of Jan. 31. But the company could still face a tough FDA review.
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