FDA seeks probe into communications between its staff and Biogen after controversial approval of Alzheimer’s drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had asked for a federal investigation into its approval of a controversial Alzheimer’s drug.

Dr Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the FDA, announced she sent a letter to the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for a probe into communications between FDA staff and Biogen Inc representatives in the lead up to the approval of Aduhelm, the company’s Alzheimer’s drug.

‘Given the ongoing interest and questions, today I requested that [The Office of the Inspector General] conduct an independent review and assessment of interactions between representatives of Biogen and FDA during the process that led to the approval of Aduhelm,’ she wrote on Twitter on Friday.

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