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Featured Paper: The FDA's Usage of "Breakthrough" Language

New research featuring BDP researchers Tamar Krishnamurti (pictured) and Baruch Fischhoff

Picture of Krishamurti This randomized trial explores why FDA press releases with neutral terms and that routinely explain the limited evidence supporting accelerating approval might help consumers make more accurate judgments about drugs with breakthrough designation.

Read the paper: Krishnamurti, T., Woloshin, S., Schwartz, L. M., & Fischhoff, B. (2015). A Randomized Trial Testing US Food and Drug Administration “Breakthrough” Language. JAMA Internal Medicine, 175 (11):1856-1858. 

Read the article's press coverage here.