Saturday, June 9, 2007
Maraviroc - "to be formally approved by the FDA on June 20"
Speaking of things premature (see previous post), is it OK to announce ahead of time that a drug will be approved on a given date by the FDA? Unless a Pfizer spokesman was misquoted, this does appear to be the case. According to this AFP article, "The new drug, which will be taken orally, is set to be formally approved by the FDA on June 20, a spokesman for the company said.". They are talking about maraviroc, Pfizer's new HIV drug which was recommended for approval by an FDA advisory panel previously. Granted that the FDA probably has informal communications with companies a few days prior to official announcements...but doesn't announcing the same to the public defeat the purpose?....maybe AFP just mangled the quote. Hat Tip: BrandweekNRX blog.