Sarepta, US FDA Offer Sparring Positions Over Release of Complete Response Letters
Following Vyondys 53 rebuff, Sarepta CEO contends it would be "disrespectful" to release the complete response letter, while FDA contends that there is nothing stopping companies from publishing the letters.
During a webinar conversation between Sarepta and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) released on 22 August, company CEO Doug Ingram said multiple times that it might be "disrespectful" for Sarepta to publish the CRL.
"These complete response letters are not public," Ingram said. "They're non-public letters between the agency and sponsors. I am not comfortable making the complete response letter public for the simple reason that I think it might look disrespectful to the agency as we are working through these issues."
An FDA spokesperson, however, told the Pink Sheet that there is nothing stopping companies from making their CRLs public. "Applicants can release the CR letter it receives from FDA (or any other correspondence it gets from us)," the spokesperson said.
A former FDAer chided the company's assertion that it would be disrespectful to the FDA by releasing the CRL. "Any company that is doing business with the FDA understands what is and what is not commercial confidential," Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former FDA associate commissioner, told the Pink Sheet. "Whether the company chooses to release a CRL is their decision. But to say it is disrespectful is just living in fantasy land. It's just another way to blame the FDA."
The full Pink Sheet article can be found here.