Insmed’s Amikacin Moves Closer To US Market In Refractory Lung Disease
FDA panel's recommendation that liposome inhalation suspension be labeled only for refractory nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease and not first-line use aligns with analyst expectations; panel cites lack of clinical studies in treatment-naive patients and adverse event profile as reasons for limiting drug to patients with limited or no treatment options.
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