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Sep 26, 2016

Tester Pushes for Increased Competition and Lower Drug Costs

Tester Cosponsors Legislation to Require Quicker Action on Generic Drug Applications


(U.S. Senate) -Senator Jon Tester is cosponsoring the Increasing Competition in Pharmaceuticals Act, which will require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to act more quickly on applications for high-need generic drugs.

This bipartisan legislation would direct the FDA to prioritize the review of generic drugs that have a shortage or only one manufacturer and allow for new and innovative policies that incentivize companies to participate in the generic market.

"The price gouging we are seeing across the country is unacceptable," Tester said. "This bill will help the FDA cut through red tape and approve more generic drugs faster to increase competition in the marketplace."

The FDA currently has a backlog of 4,036 generic drug applications awaiting approval. As it stands, the average time it takes the FDA to approve a generic drug is 47 months.

As part of his continued efforts to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for Montana consumers, Tester grilled FDA officials about their process for generic approval in a hearing last week. Earlier this month, he introduced legislation holding pharmaceutical middlemen accountable and sent a letter chastising the company responsible for EpiPen price hikes.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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