In a bipartisan action, the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017, by voice vote. FDARA reauthorizes the FDA’s user fee programs for prescription drug, medical device, generic drug, and biosimilar biological products. The current user fee programs are set to expire in September 2017 and account for almost a quarter of the FDA’s funding.
In April 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, along with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a discussion draft of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017, reauthorizing the FDA’s user fee agreements (see Discussion draft of FDA user fee amendments is on the table, April 18, 2017). The draft followed a series of hearings examining the four individual user fee programs – the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA) and the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA), the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), and the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) (see HELP Committee hears ardent support for next round of user fee agreements, April 4, 2017; Committee holds optimistic hearing on medical device fees, March 29, 2017; PDUFA VI reauthorization would aid 21st Century Cures Act implementation, March 23, 2017; and User fee program reauthorizations necessary for product development, March 3, 2017).
FDARA is currently before the Senate (see HELP committee advances FDA user fee agreements to Senate floor, May 12, 2017).
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