What constitutes a First in Class designation for new molecular entities? I've seen this term on FDA documents, as well as in databases (Chembl for example), but I was curious if there are any set criteria for First in Class drugs? The easy definition, in my mind, would be a drug that hits a novel target given its indication. However, if you look at antifungal drugs, you see that drugs with the same target for the same general indication (anti-fungal) treat completely different fungal infections because of their pharmacokinetics.
Are there discrete criteria for the FDA's first-in-class designation for New Molecular Entities?