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Senate passes legislation to ensure no halt in FDA reviews


August 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug and medical device makers would pay higher user fees under legislation the Senate approved and sent to the president on Thursday. The revenue raised would help pay for the government reviews required to bring their products to the market.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill's passage will ensure the review of medical devices and medicine won't come to a screeching halt in a few weeks. The current law governing these fees expires Sept. 30.

The legislation cleared the Senate on a vote of 94-1. The bill also includes measures to help an array o...

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