FDA places some Seattle Genetics drug trials on hold after four deaths

(Reuters) – Seattle Genetics Inc said four people had died in trials testing its experimental cancer drug, prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to impose a clinical hold on several early-stage studies. The company’s shares fell as much as 15.7 percent to $52.18. Six patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of blood cancer, have been identified with liver toxicity and four have died, the company said on Tuesday.
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