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.


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