WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) launched the FDA Modernization Act to finish animal testing mandates. This laws would finish an outdated FDA mandate that experimental medicine should be examined on animals earlier than they’re used on people in medical trials. The invoice wouldn’t ban animal testing outright, however would permit the choice for drug sponsors to use various strategies the place they’re appropriate.
This laws is at the moment co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM).
“Thanks to modern scientific innovation, the use of animal toxicity testing for experimental drugs has become increasingly obsolete,” mentioned Sen. Booker. “This legislation will eliminate unnecessary suffering for countless animals when scientifically reliable alternative testing methods are available.”
“The FDA Modernization Act would accelerate innovation and get safer, more effective drugs to market more quickly by cutting red tape that is not supported by current science. It would also prevent the needless suffering and death of animal test subjects—which is something I think both Republican and Democrats can agree needs to end,” mentioned Dr. Paul.
“Over the years, research has demonstrated that animal testing can often be inefficient in predicting drug effects and efficacy in humans. I’m proud to join Sen. Paul in introducing legislation that will cut FDA red tape, allowing drug manufacturers and sponsors to innovate clinical trial designs and utilize modern alternatives to demonstrate safety and efficacy,” mentioned Sen. Braun.
“Testing new drugs on animals is often risky for both animals and people. The FDA Modernization Act would allow drug producers to improve safety by using more modern, humane and effective testing. I want Louisianians to get the best medicines as quickly and safely as possible, and I’m thankful to work with Sen. Paul to protect our furry friends at the same time,” mentioned Sen. Kennedy.
In 1938, Congress handed the U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, mandating animal toxicity testing. Since then, science and knowledge has proven that in some merchandise, animal testing is a extremely inconsistent predictor of poisonous responses in people, all whereas animal testing on any single pharmaceutical product typically requires killing tons of of animal check topics.
You can learn the FDA Modernization Act in its entirety HERE.