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What: Shares of medical device manufacturer Mela Sciences
So what: It was just earlier this week that Mela's shares got hammered after the FDA released its review of MelaFind ahead of the advisory panel meeting. The review seemed to take a pretty critical stance on the device and raised concerns that it wouldn't be approved.
Now what: Before we get too excited, MelaFind may not be out of the woods quite yet. The advisory panel voted 8-7 in favor of the device with one abstention. While the panel's thumbs-up is certainly a breath of fresh air for investors after the FDA's comments earlier in the week, it's important to remember that the FDA is not bound by the panel's recommendation. Looking ahead, investors should be ready for another huge swing when the FDA delivers the final verdict -- if approved, the stock will likely have another big spike, but if the FDA sticks to its skeptical view, the company will have to scramble to finance another study and the stock will no doubt take a dive.
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