Major success in the USA: new drugs no longer have to be tested on animals for approval
A large amount of data clearly demonstrates the failure of the outdated system based on animal testing. On average, 92% of drug candidates that successfully pass all animal tests are later abandoned during human clinical trials, mainly because they do not work or cause significant side effects."Dr. Dilyana Filipova, scientist at Doctors Against Animal Experiments
Such examples show the potential of this legislative change to not only save countless animals from barbaric testing and a cruel death, but also to ensure better safety for patient."Dr. Dilyana Filipova, scientist at Doctors Against Animal Experiments
However, animal testing is not banned under the new law and is still allowed as a possible testing approach. Nevertheless, it is a huge step forward that pharmaceutical companies will no longer be legally obliged to conduct animal tests, and will be free to use accurate, human-relevant, non-animal methods.
While the U.S. is introducing this modern, forward-looking legislation, some animal testing is still required by law for drug approval in the EU.
Europe must follow the example of the U.S. as soon as possible, and end the use of animals in drug testing. If we want to develop better therapies and not fall behind in the global drug market, we should also rely on the most modern, successful and reliable human-based methods and not on pointless animal testing."Dr. Dilyana Filipova, scientist at Doctors Against Animal Experiments