Top 5 Anticipated Drug Approvals in 2023

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receives numerous New Drug Applications (NDAs) and Biologic License Applications (BLAs) submissions each year. However, the agency averaged about 40 novel drug approvals annually between 2011 and 2020, with a total of only 410 therapies reaching the market during that period. Although certain review tracks, like Priority Review and Fast Track, can help increase the chances of approval, considering such designations are only granted when a drug has the potential to significantly advance medical care. With the start of a new year upon us, which new therapeutics are coming up on the horizon? Read on to find out the top five drug approvals anticipated for 2023!

Anticipated 2023 Drug Approvals

1 | Rozanolixizumab

Drug: Rozanolixizumab

Company: UCB

Indication: Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

Expected Decision Date: Q2 2023

On January 6, 2023, the FDA accepted UCB’s BLA for rozanolixizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets human neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn), and granted it Priority Review for the treatment of adults with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). gMG is an unpredictable chronic autoimmune neurological disease that weakens muscle contractions in patients. Based on UCB’s pivotal Phase III MycarinG study (NCT03971422), the rozanolixizumab group experienced significant improvements in MG-specific outcomes compared with the placebo arm by Day 43. If approved, rozanolixizumab will become the first treatment available to help improve the debilitating disease burden caused by gMG.

2 | Brexpiprazole

Drug: Brexpiprazole

Company: Otsuka Pharmaceutical and H. Lundbeck A/S

Indication: Agitation associated with Alzheimer’s Dementia (AAD)

Expected Decision Date: May 10, 2023

The supplemental NDA for brexpiprazole, an atypical antipsychotic already approved for schizophrenia, was assigned under Priority Review by the FDA on January 7, 2023, for the treatment of agitation experienced by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients. Otsuka and Lundbeck partnered up in two Phase III studies (Study 331-12-283 and Study 331-14-213), which demonstrated brexpiprazole was statistically more effective than placebo in reducing clinical agitation scores between baseline and week 12. Symptoms of agitation are a significant disabling neuropsychiatric feature of AD and one with few treatment options for affected individuals. The approval of brexpiprazole has the potential to improve the health outcomes of not only these AAD patients, but also their health caregivers.

3 | Tirzepatide

Drug: Tirzepatide

Company: Eli Lilly

Indication: Weight Loss

Expected Decision Date: Q2 2023

Tirzepatide, a glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonist, has already been cleared for use in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients, however, there is considerable excitement around the anticipation of its potential approval by the FDA for weight loss in 2023. Lilly’s tirzepatide helped obese or overweight patients lose nearly 22.5% of their body weight by Week 72 in the Phase III SURMOUNT-1 clinical trial. If approved, tirzepatide is expected to net Eli Lilly a record amount in annual sales, estimated to be between $25 billion to $48 billion.

4 | Glofitamab

Drug: Glofitamab

Company: Genentech

Indication: Relapsed or Refractory Large B-cell Lymphoma (LBCL)

Expected Decision Date: Jul 2023

On January 6, 2023, Genentech announced that the FDA had granted Priority Review and Fast Track designation for their glofitamab BLA. Glofitamab is a novel bispecific antibody that engages T-cells of the immune system to treat adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL). LBCL is one of the most prevalent cancers in the US and is an aggressive subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that progresses quickly. In the pivotal Phase I/II NP30179 study, patients receiving glofitamab demonstrated a sustained response rate, with 40% achieving a complete response. If approved, glofitamab will be the first fixed-duration treatment available to R/R LBCL patients who have not responded to prior therapy.

5 | RiVive

Drug: OTC Naloxone

Company: Harm Reduction Therapeutics

Indication: Opioid Overdose

Expected Decision Date: Apr 2023

Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit pharmaceutical company, announced on December 26, 2022, that the FDA had accepted and granted Priority Review to their NDA for RiVive. RiVive is an over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone nasal spray that demonstrated robust Phase I clinical trial results for the reversal of opioid overdose. The ongoing opioid epidemic in North America is a devastating public health crisis, with 200 Americans passing away from overdoses daily. If approved, RiVive will provide a more affordable, immediate alternative to pharmacy-supplied naloxone kits for easy emergency use by laypeople.

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