HBA-JRA H.B. 1975 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1975 By: Swinford Agriculture & Livestock 7/22/1999 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE During the 73rd Legislature, legislation was adopted to prevent livestock producers from paying higher costs for animal health products due to unnecessary labeling requirements for veterinarians or wholesale animal drug distributors. During the 75th Legislature, the language was inadvertently removed due to a misunderstanding of the federal labeling requirements. Recently, the Federal Food and Drug Administration stated that if the dispensed drug is not to be repackaged or used in a manner not stated on the label there is no federal requirement that it bear any additional labeling. H.B. 1975 reinstates the earlier language to exempt dangerous drugs prescribed or dispensed in certain specified circumstances from certain labeling requirements if all federal requirements are met. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 483.042, Health and Safety Code, by adding Subsection (f), as follows: (f) Provides that the labeling provisions of Subsection (a) do not apply to a dangerous drug prescribed or dispensed for administration to food production animals in an agricultural operation under a written medical directive or treatment guideline from a veterinarian licensed under the Veterinary Licensing Act (Article 8890, V.T.C.S.) and its subsequent amendments if all federal requirements are met. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.