FDA Sees Another Submission Decrease In FY 2011, Increases Application Fees
The figures continue a recent trend of decreases in fee-paying full application equivalents but were not as low as had been estimated.
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Less than 60% of the total spending on reviews was attributed to employee compensation and benefits in FY 2011. FDA says it is normal, but the figure is lower than costs seen in recent years.
Five-year averages used in calculations of FY 2013 user fee rates show a decrease in time devoted to INDs and an increase in time spent on NDAs and BLAs. The average submission volume in both categories still increased.