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FDA grants orphan drug status to cannabidiol for glioblastoma multiforme

August 26, 2014

Insys Therapeutics recently announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation to a pharmaceutical cannabidiol for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme.

“We are pleased to have received orphan drug designation for this aggressive and often incurable form of brain cancer. We look forward to advancing development of this product and offering a potential efficacious treatment for patients,” Michael L. Babich, president and CEO of Insys Therapeutics, said in a press release.

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FDA grants orphan drug status to cannabidiol for glioblastoma multiforme

August 26, 2014
Insys Therapeutics recently announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation to a pharmaceutical cannabidiol for the treatment of…
Case Challenges

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