<dar- I think okz45's right on the money concerning release of 2-year data.
February 7, 8 and 9 are key dates.>
I do not disagree. The chronology is such that I believe eln will have enough data to meet the 2/9 abstract deadline.
I certainly don't believe the discussions with the FDA leading to the 2/18/04 press release took place on 2/17/04. To the contrary, eln had to have and polish the one year data, submit it to the FDA, the FDA review the data, and then have discussions with eln.
I KNOW eln will have 2 year data prior to 2/18. Is at least 10 days prior reasonable to assume? IMO, yes.