On April 25, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), advanced 57 bills to the full Energy and Commerce Committee. Of the bills, 56 were focused on ways to help combat the opioid crisis. #SubHealth also considered the bipartisan, bicameral reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA).

Speaking about the bills up for consideration to combat the opioid crisis, Chairman Burgess stated, “Many of these bills are a product of bipartisan effort and compromise. Taken together, the bills before us today will improve access to care for individuals suffering from substance use disorder, provide our health care system with tools and resources it needs to care for patients, and help prevent future misuse of opioids. … Some of these bills remain in discussion draft form intentionally, signaling our commitment to working with members and stakeholders to get technical details right so our agencies can implement these promising solutions in a timely manner.”

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