About FDA-Approved Drugs

The criteria for CenterWatch's FDA-Approved Drugs follow the definitions established by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development and the FDA's definitions of a new drug approval or a new molecular entity.

Database inclusions:

New Molecular Entities (NME) is defined by the FDA as a medication containing an active substance that has never before been approved for marketing in any form in the United States. The database also includes some recombinant proteins and biologics that were approved by the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).

Database exclusions:

Diagnostic agents, generics, over-the-counter products, medical devices, and biologic compounds not approved by CDER. Other exclusions are new dosages and new administrations of previously-approved compounds.