Anticancers, Orphans & The First CAR-Ts: New EU Drug Approvals In 2018
New approvals in the EU were again dominated by oncology drugs in 2018, although medicines for infectious diseases were a close second. The number of orphan drugs more than doubled over the previous year, to 17. There were also some star arrivals in multiple sclerosis, genetic disorders, metabolism and migraine.
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