45 Rx Drugs With Ingredients Never Before Sold in the U.S. Approved by FDA Last Year
Last year, FDA approved 45 drugs with ingredients that had never before been sold in the U.S. -- more than any year since 1996. In comparison, FDA in 2014 approved 41 such drugs. The increase in approvals indicates an industry-wide focus on treatments for rare and hard-to-treat conditions. Such drugs typically have streamlined FDA review processes, stronger patent protections and higher prices.
- "First-of-a-Kind Drug Approvals Continued Rise in 2015" (AP/Modern Healthcare, 1/4).