That turn­around on new FDA drug ap­provals? We’re right on sched­ule

We were due for a pret­ty good year on new drug ap­provals from the FDA, and so far the agency and the in­dus­try have been per­form­ing on sched­ule.

Last year at this time the FDA had record­ed just 7 new drug OKs on the way to a mis­er­able 22 new drug ap­provals for 2016. In a num­ber of cas­es the ane­mic rate of ap­provals was fed by tem­po­rary re­ver­sals based on man­u­fac­tur­ing sna­fus, a con­di­tion still acute­ly felt at As­traZeneca, which just had its sec­ond re­jec­tion on ZS-9.

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