House Passes Gardner’s Bill to Keep Livestock and Family Pets Safe
WASHINGTON D.C. – Legislation sponsored by U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner (CO-04) and John Shimkus (IL-15) to reauthorize the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA) passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 390-12. The bill supports the testing and review of brand and generic animal drug applications by the Food and Drug Administration.
“Companies dedicated to animal health rely on ADUFA/AGDUFA to provide a predictable and science-based review process for animal drugs,” Gardner said. “This reauthorization will allow them to benefit from a more stable process, so they can make decisions about where to invest research dollars.”
Without the ADUFA/AGDUFA reauthorization the FDA would not be able to continue running these important programs that ensure access to the drugs that keep livestock and family pets healthy. In fact, prior to the authorization of ADUFA/AGDUFA, there was a backlog on the applications at FDA for animal drugs. This not only hurt the industry that manufactures these medications, but jeopardized livestock producers because herds didn't have access to these needed drugs.
The Center for Veterinary Medicine and the FDA are responsible for ensuring that animal drugs are safe and effective, and manufactured to the highest quality standards. This legislation allows them to continue collecting user fees from drug manufacturers to pay for the program.
The ADUFA/AGDUFA reauthorization has also passed the U.S. Senate and now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.