Scientific Advances Lead to Improved Health Care

Scientific Advances Lead to Improved Health Care

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As humanity becomes smarter everyday, our societies and wold progress. Advances in technology have resulted in computers at our fingertips, environmentally friendly cars, and even footage with audio straight from Mars! Innovation drives progress, and this also applies to healthcare. Everyday scientists are researching to design and create more efficient and ideal drugs to treat every type of medical condition and disease.

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) works along side the scientists and pharmaceutical companies to annually approve a wide range of new drugs and biological products. 

Listed are a few of the newly “FDA- approved use”:

No.Drug NameActive IngredientApproval DateFDA-approved use on approval date*
15Qelbreeviloxazine4/2/2021For the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
14Zegaloguedasiglucagon3/22/2021To treat severe hypoglycemia
13Ponvoryponesimod3/18/2021To treat patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis
12Fotivdativozanib3/10/2021To treat patients with renal cell carcinoma
11Azstarysserdexmethylphenidate and dexmethylphenidate3/2/2021For the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
10Pepaxtomelphalan flufenamide2/26/2021For the treatment of certain patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma
9Nulibryfosdenopterin2/26/2021To treat patients with the rare genetic disease molybdenum cofactor deficiency Type A
8Amondys 45casimersen2/25/2021For the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy
7Coselatrilacicilib2/12/2021To mitigate chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression in adult patients with small cell lung cancer
6Evkeezaevinacumab-dgnb2/11/2021For the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia
5Ukoniqumbralisib2/5/2021For the treatment of certain patients with marginal zone lymphoma and follicular lymphoma
4Tepmetkotepotinib2/3/2021To treat non-small cell lung cancer
3Lupkynisvoclosporin1/22/2021To treat lupus nephritis Drug Trials Snapshot
2Cabenuvacabotegravir and rilpivirine1/21/2021To treat HIV Drug Trials Snapshot
1Verquvovericiguat1/19/2021To treat chronic heart failure Drug Trials Snapshot


A noteworthy novel drug is Cabenuva. This is the first extended-release, injectable drug regimen for adults with HIV. It has been approved as a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1. This is the first FDA approved injectable, complete regimen for adults that is administered once a month. The current standard of care for patients with HIV is to take pills daily to manage conditions. This gives patients the option to have one monthly injection instead of daily oral regimen.  

As new treatment options and medications make their way from the laboratory to the patient, most of them find their way through the pharmacy. The pharmacist and pharmacy technician play a large and vital role in delivering medications to patients. In many instances the physician will consult the pharmacist to ensure that they prescribe the correct medication. The pharmacist has a strong understanding of pharmacology and will take each patient’s pre-existing conditions and of medications into consideration when recommending the ideal prescription. 

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1. Novel Drug Approvals for 2021.