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Small Molecules Lead in Recent New Drug Approvals

February 05, 2020 / Patricia Van Arnum

Small molecules still lead over biologics in recent drug approvals, accounting for nearly three-fourths of drug approvals over the past several years, but will small molecules' dominance continue? DCAT Value Chain Insights takes an inside look. One measure to evaluate the role of small molecules versus biologics is to look how they have fared in recent approvals of new molecular entities (NMEs) by the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Between 2015 and 2019, small molecules have accounted for nearly three-fourths of NME approvals by the FDA’s