Real-World Evidence User-Fee Funding Praised At FDA Meeting
Patient advocacy groups unanimously thanked FDA and industry for including patient engagement and real-world evidence elements in the new user-fee deal during a Nov. 2 meeting. RWE was initially a point of disagreement during negotiations between FDA and industry, but industry cautiously supported pilot funding.
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