The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed legislation to reauthorize the Animal Drug User Fee Act and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), ranking member of the committee, said “These programs have reduced the average waiting time for the FDA to approve generic animal drugs by 450 days and eliminated a backlog of applications, meaning farmers get faster access to cheaper and better medicines, and people are healthier.”  Senators Alexander and Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the committee, have worked in a very bipartisan effort on this legislation.  The bill now goes to the floor for consideration.

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