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A Banner Year for Dermatology Product Innovation & FDA Approvals

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Nov 18, 2022
By: William Ju, MD, FAAD, President, Advancing Innovation in Dermatology, Inc.
2022 was an outstanding and invigorating year for novel treatment options for patients with dermatologic diseases.
Novel Drug Approvals

FDA and its Center for Drug Evaluation Research (CDER) approved 5 new molecular entities and therapeutic biological products this year. These are listed below (ordered from most recent to earliest). 

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These 5 approvals in 2022 compare to just 1 approval in 2021 and 3 approvals in 2020 by the FDA for skin diseases.

2021

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2020

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FDA Efficacy Supplement Approvals

In addition, in 2022 there were new approvals for products for skin diseases, supplementing the use of active pharmaceutical ingredients previously approved for other indications or using other routes of delivery.

Two such therapeutics became the very first marketed products for treatment for dermatologic conditions.  

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In addition, OLUMIANT® (baricitinib), a Janus kinase inhibitor, became the first approved systemic medicine for adults with severe alopecia areata.  ZORYVE™ (roflumilast), which is indicated for plaque psoriasis, is the first product to successfully formulate a phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor for topical application to skin. EPSOLAY® (benzoyl peroxide) incorporates its active oxidizing agent with bactericidal and keratolytic effects into a novel microencapsulation cream and was approved for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. 

Continued Bright Future for Product Innovation Advancing Dermatologic Health

This year we witnessed substantial innovation in treating skin diseases, both in terms of the number of products approved by the FDA and the breadth of the conditions addressed. Research and development pipelines for dermatology indications are robust, and they are supported by scientific breakthroughs and by numerous stakeholders committed to investing in the field. 

Many of these advances that can continue to impactfully improve skin health into the future will be presented and discussed at the Dermatology Summit taking place on January 8, 2023, in San Francisco around the JP Morgan Healthcare conference. Learn more about the Dermatology Summit.

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