The controversial Aduhelm, a newly FDA-approved medicine for Alzheimer, is currently being questioned by various medical experts and critics. 

Controversial Aduhelm Alzheimer Drug's Quick Approval To Be Reviewed: US HHS Now Questions FDA's Decision
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Because the Food and Drug Administration quickly approved the new medicine using its Accelerated Approval Program, the U.S. HSS (Department of Health and Human Services) announced that it would investigate the drug. 

The government health department confirmed its plan on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The confirmation of the HSS investigation came just two months after FDA approved the use of Aduhelm.

On the other hand, the Department of Health and Human Services explained that their upcoming review would specifically check FDA's accelerated approval pathway, which was used on various controversial medicines, such as the new Aduhelm.

Aduhelm To Be Investigated By HHS

According to Tech Crunch's latest report, the U.S. HHS explained that the Aduhelm approval of FDA is currently creating various concerns. The health department added the Food and Drug Administration is now being questioned because of possible scientific disputes within the agency. 

Controversial Aduhelm Alzheimer Drug's Quick Approval To Be Reviewed: US HHS Now Questions FDA's Decision

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These include the allegations of an inappropriately close relationship between the FDA and the industry, the advisory committee's vote against approval, and more. 

Because of concerns from various critics and medical experts, the Department of Health and Human Services said that it needs to conduct the investigation as soon as possible to reveal more information about the new Alzheimer's drug. 

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What is FDA's Accelerated Approval Program?

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration website explained that its Accelerated Approval Program allows new drugs to have early approvals. They added that only medicines of severe conditions could have this pathway. 

"The use of a surrogate endpoint can considerably shorten the time required prior to receiving FDA approval," added the health department.

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