FDA no longer requires all drugs to be tested on animals before human trials: NPR

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Senator Rand Paul’s staff poses for a photo of Jefferson the puppy before a 2021 press conference on the FDA Modernization Act.

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Senator Rand Paul’s staff members pose with his puppy Jefferson before a press conference for the 2021 FDA Modernization Act.

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A new US law removed the requirement that drugs under development be tested on animals before being given to human trial participants.

Animal rights activists have long called for such a move, while some pharmaceutical industry players argue that animal testing can be ineffective and expensive.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, sponsor of the FDA Modernization Act 2.0, said in a statement that the new law would help end “the unnecessary suffering and death of animal test subjects” and “help bring safer and more efficient products to market.” drugs”. Faster by reducing red tape that current science doesn’t support.”

PETA hailed the new law as a “step change” in the development of new drugs and treatments.

The law, which President Biden signed into law in December as part of a major spending package, does not directly ban animal testing of new drugs.

Instead, it waives the requirement that drug companies use animals to test new drugs before human trials. Companies can still test drugs on animals if they want to.

There are many other methods drugmakers use to evaluate new drugs and treatments, such as computer modeling and “organs-on-chips,” thumb-sized microchips that can simulate how pharmaceuticals affect organ function.

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