August 15, 2001

 
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 MUMS Coalition holds legislative briefing; gains co-sponsors

Posted Aug. 1, 2001 

The AVMA, along with other members of the MUMS Coalition, held a legislative briefing June 22 in Washington, D.C. to inform members of Congress and their staffs about the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2001 (H.R. 1956).

MUMS legislative briefing
MUMS Coalition lobbyist Fran Boyd explains the importance of the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2001 to Congressional staffers and coalition representatives at a June 22 legislative briefing.

If passed, the 2001 Act would create an animal program similar to the Human Orphan Drug program for minor species and minor drug uses, including the development of an office inside the FDA-CVM to support the objectives of the legislation. It would establish a system for the CVM to provide conditional approval of drugs that have been proved safe and that have a reasonable expectation of efficacy for a limited period of time prior to full approval.

The MUMS Coalition is a group of animal health or producer organizations that have joined to support the bill's passage.

At the briefing, representatives of the legislation's sponsors—Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss., and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.—gave presentations regarding the status and purpose of the legislation. Sen. Sessions introduced a MUMS bill last year, but the Senate did not act on it before the end of the session. Staffers say he plans to reintroduce the bill in the coming weeks.

Also speaking at the legislative briefing were Fran Boyd, the MUMS Coalition's lobbyist, and several representatives of coalition member groups, including the AVMA, American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, National Aquaculture Association, and American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians.

On June 26, five additional representatives signed on as co-sponsors—Reps. Earl Hilliard, D-Ala.; Sam Farr, D-Calif.; Brian Baird, D-Wash.; Norman Dicks, D-Wash; and Ronnie Shows, D-Miss. This is in addition to five original co-sponsors, and three who committed June 5.

For more information on the bill and its status, contact AVMA headquarters at (800) 248-2862, ext 452, or dscarfe@avma.org; or the AVMA Governmental Relations Division at (800) 321-1473, ext 611, or bdunham@avma.org.

MUMS Coalition lobbyist Fran Boyd explains the importance of the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2001 to Congressional staffers and coalition representatives at a June 22 legislative briefing.