Alexander: Under New Law, “Farmers Will Get Faster Access To Cheaper And Better Medicines, And People Will Be Healthier”

Friday, June 14, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) on Friday praised the signing into law of legislation that he said would “reduce farmers’ costs by reducing the average waiting time for the FDA to approve generic animal drugs by 450 days and eliminating a backlog of applications.”

Senator Alexander, the ranking Republican on the Senate health committee, said of the Animal Drug User Fee Act and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act Reauthorization Act of 2013: “Farmers in Tennessee and across the country want to do all they can do to produce a safe and wholesome product not only to feed others, but also their own families. Under this law reauthorizing these important programs, farmers will get faster access to cheaper and better medicines, and people will be healthier.”

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed the legislation out of committee on March 20. At a committee markup of the legislation on Feb. 27, Senator Alexander praised the results of the animal drug user fee programs and said he would work to get the Animal Drug User Fee Act and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act reauthorized before August.

Supreme Court Determines Rental Car Qualifies As Uninsured Motor Vehicle

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Southern Heritage Bank Continues Local Deposit Growth

For the sixth consecutive year, Southern Heritage Bank has grown its market share of deposits in Bradley County, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation annual summary of insured deposits. Retaining second place, Southern Heritage reported 15.6 percent ($233.7 million) in local deposit market share just behind First Tennessee Bank’s 15.7 percent ($235.1 million).  ... (click for more)

Howard Simmons, 47, Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

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Erlanger To Open Cancer Center On Gunbarrel Road At East Campus

Work is set to begin soon on construction of a new Cancer Center by Erlanger Health System at its Gunbarrel Road East Campus. Erlanger is joining with a development firm, Chatt East 3 LLC of Alabama, on the four-story project located just south of Women's East Hospital on a wooded five-acre tract. Erlanger will be leasing the bottom three floors at a rate of $16.05 per square ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)