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2016 new drug approvals

2016: Drug Approvals Slowed to a Crawl

No matter what you think about the year 2016, one thing is for certain: many of us are glad it’s over. Although the political scene was a fast-paced frenzy, the FDA slowed down novel drug approvals to a crawl in the year past.

Novel therapeutic agents -- innovative products that meet an unmet medical need or advance public health care in a significant way -- continue to hit the market, and 2016 was no exception. However, the FDA approved only 22 novel drugs in 2016, shrinking from a record approval of 45 novel drugs in 2015 and 41 drugs in 2014. Here’s our quick review of the top new approvals of 2016, including many novel drugs, and a sneak peek of possibilities on tap for 2017.

More Hepatitis C Breakthroughs

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects over 3 million Americans and can lead to liver impairment, cirrhosis or even liver failure. HCV treatments continue to make headway in covering multiple genotypes in 2016.

  • epatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir) from Merck, January 2016
  • Epclusa (sofosbuvir and velpatasvir) from Gilead, June 2016

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