Pork producers want ‘clean’ drug-review law

16-07-2008 | |

The National Pork Producers Council in the US is urging Congress to reauthorize an animal-drug review law, to approve a new generic animal-drug review statute and to pass both measures without amendments that would make it more difficult to keep animals healthy.

The Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA), first enacted in 2003, allows FDA to collect fees from the animal health industry for the review and approval of animal health products.

The fees supplement the agency’s annual congressionally-approved appropriations and have enabled FDA to dramatically reduce its review time for new animal drugs, bringing medications to the market more quickly while maintaining high standards for safety and effectiveness. The Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA) would do the same for generic animal drugs.

Since ADUFA was signed into law, four new swine health products have come on the market, helping producers fight the increasing challenges that swine respiratory diseases have created for the industry. Additionally, last year alone, veterinarians and pet owners received nine new products to help pets live longer, healthier lives.

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