Novartis' CAR-T Poised For The Market After Unanimous FDA Adcomm Review
FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee recommends 10-0 the agency approve Novartis' tisagenlecleucel (CTL019) for pediatric leukemia in a panel review that was hailed by some in the industry as historic.
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