FDA Fast Track?

Why the FDA approval process is so slow for ACTIMMUNE even after it received the fast track status. We know we are on a path on 'Use it or Loose it' , delay in approval of drug can be devastating for many of us.


Horizon Pharma plc Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for ACTIMMUNE(R) in the Treatment of Friedreich's Ataxia


Source: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/SpecialFeatures/ucm279676.htm

A: The 1992 Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) established a two-tiered system – Standard Review andPriority Review.

Standard Review is applied to a drug that offers at most, only minor improvement over existing marketed therapies. The 2002 amendments to PDUFA set a 10 month goal for a standard review.

Priority Review designation is given to drugs that offer major advances in treatment, or provide a treatment where none existed. The goal for completing a Priority Review is six months.