EU New Active Substance Approvals – A Comparison Of Three Halves
A comparison of EU approvals of medicines containing a new active substance in the first six months of 2021, 2022 and 2023 shows a sharp decline in the 2023 first-half numbers. Three of the products approved by the European Commission in the first six months of this year were for cancer, while two were for infectious diseases (including HIPRA’s COVID-19 vaccine Bimervax). Two products had orphan drug status.
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