User Fee Bill Clears Senate Committee With Importation, Orphan Drug Amendments
Highlighting the much-less-bipartisan atmosphere than the House, ranking member Burr votes against the package; US FDA’s advice to generic applicants could be contentious issue in reconciling the legislation between the two chambers.
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The strange politics of prescription drug importation legislation in the US are on display again, this time in the context of the FDA user fee reauthorization bill. Including the topic in the bill is a ‘big deal’ – but probably makes imports less likely.
Intra-agency group would be tasked with ensuring consistent use of the expedited pathway across the FDA, with duties potentially including development of best practices, product review team training, and advising on withdrawals, according to the Senate's bipartisan user fee legislation.