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Sue Sutter

Senior Editor

Washington, DC
Sue primarily covers US drug, biologic, vaccine and biosimilar regulation and policy across therapeutic areas, with an emphasis on advisory committee reviews, FDA approvals and use of expedited review pathways. Sue has reported on the prescription and over-the-counter drug industries since 1999 for various publications now under the Citeline umbrella, including Pink Sheet and Scrip. Previously she worked as an editor for Mealey's Litigation Reports (now part of Lexis-Nexis), writing about asbestos, toxic tort and fen-phen litigation. She grew up in South Jersey and spends her free time watching youth sports, gardening, walking and hiking, although she'd rather be at the beach.

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Bolstered by new statutory authority and the Oncology Center of Excellence’s experience in pushing for early initiation of confirmatory trials, review divisions may take a tougher line with sponsors on the design and timing of studies to verify clinical benefit.

Pink Sheet Perspectives Review Pathway

Genentech’s Polivy To Get US FDA Panel Review For First-Line Treatment Of Diffuse B-Cell Lymphoma

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United States Advisory Committees

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