US congress approves animal-drug review laws

06-08-2008 | |
US congress approves animal-drug review laws

The National Pork Producers Council has praised Congress for approving legislation to reauthorise an animal-drug review law and to implement a new generic animal-drug review statute.

Both developments will give pork producers access to products that safeguard animal and public health.

The Senate approved H.R. 6432, the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA), by unanimous consent. The House July 30 passed the bill on a voice vote.
“We want to commend the leadership on both sides of the aisle in the Senate and House for approving this important legislation,” said NPPC President Bryan Black, a pork producer from Canal Winchester, Ohio.
“Congress’ action will help ensure that pork producers have access to products that keep our pigs healthy and our products safe and wholesome.”
First enacted in 2003, ADUFA allows the US Food and Drug Administration 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. AGDUFA will do the same for generic animal drugs.

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