The biggest winners and losers in the 2015 race for new drug approvals


In 2015, the FDA by its own account approved 45 new drugs, the largest one-year tally since 1996, which wrapped up with a record 53 regulatory OKs. The new generational high, easily lapping last year’s list of 41 approvals, marks a new peak following a surge by the R&D side of the business, which continues to recover from a lengthy period of marked weakness. The FDA has helped, proving more than willing to come through with faster approvals, particularly in oncology. And the science around drug development has improved markedly as our understanding of the genetic drivers of disease continues to make real progress.