Cervarix denied FDA priority review

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GlaxoSmithKline said yesterday that the FDA has denied the drugmaker its request for a priority review of its experimental cancer vaccine Cervarix.

Cervarix now faces a standard 10-month review, instead of the six-month review usually granted under a priority review. 

A priority review is often only granted to new treatments when no drugs are available for a particular illness. However, Cervarix rival, Merck’s Gardasil, is already on the market. 

GSK expects a Cervarix action date by the FDA in January 2008.

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