US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions

Alexander Praises Committee Passage of Animal Drug User Fee Agreements

Says “faster approvals of animal medicines will reduce farmers’ costs”

Thursday, March 21, 2013Liz Wolgemuth 202-228-4729

Washington, D.C., March 20 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today praised the committee’s passage of the reauthorization Animal Drug User Fee Act and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act.

Alexander 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. I urge the Senate to pass these important reauthorizations.”

In Tennessee, more than 17,500 beef cattle farmers have been Beef Quality Assurance Certified, meaning that they have the proper training and knowledge to handle and administer animal drug products. “Tennessee farmers want to do all they can do to produce a safe and wholesome product not only to feed others, but also their own families,” Alexander added.

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