The Senate has approved the Animal Drug User Fee Act and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act by unanimous consent. The National Pork Producers Council says the approvals will give pork producers access to products that safeguard animal and public health.

“Congress’ action will help ensure that pork producers have access to products that keep our pigs healthy and our products safe and wholesome,” says NPPC President Bryan Black, a pork producer from Canal Winchester, Ohio.

First enacted in 2003, ADUFA allows the U.S. 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.

Since ADUFA was signed into law, four new swine health products have come on the market. The laws will require animal health companies to report certain data related to the distribution and export of animal health products to FDA each year.

“Pork producers have always supported science-based efforts to protect public health,” says Black. “Today’s bill included enhanced animal health company reporting requirements to further promote public health. These additional requirements do not limit producer access to important animal health products.”

Source: National Pork Producers Council