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Web Date: November 7, 2011

Near Record Drug Approvals In 2011

Pharmaceuticals: FDA approved 35 new medicines, the second highest total in a decade
Department: Business
Keywords: FDA, drug approvals, pharmaceuticals, new drugs

The Food & Drug Administration approved 35 new medicines in fiscal 2011, which ended on Sept. 30, the second highest total in the past decade. The agency is using the good results to argue for renewal of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which collects user fees from industry to fund the drug approval process.

FDA released the results last week with fanfare that included a press . . .

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