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FDA Modernization Act Amendment Will Save Animals, Lower Drug Prices, and Produce Safer Treatments and Cures

It is the biggest political development in the history of Congress on the fight to replace animal testing with morally and scientifically superior methods.

—Wayne Pacelle, President, Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON DC, USA, June 15, 2022 / — In legislative action that has the potential in years to come to prevent the use of millions of animals and provide safer and more effective treatment for countless patients in need, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) passed the FDA Modernization Act as an addendum to a broader set of reforms related to the FDA (S. 4348).

The FDA Modernization Act is included as Section 501 in a legislative package known as the Food and Drug Administration’s Safety and Historical Advancements Act of 2022, S. 4348. The House of Representatives of the United States last week overwhelmingly passed its FDA legislative package in an overwhelming vote of 392-28.

Senate and House health committee leaders noted that Democrats and Republicans united in 2021 to introduce the FDA Modernization Act, HR 2565 and S. 2952, to reform our drug approval process. drugs and promote the use of non-animal testing methods. Addressing the category of testing that involves the use of a large number of animals, greater than any other category of animal testing.

“House and Senate leaders from both parties recognize that the United States must lift an archaic mandate of animal testing for drug development and replace that strategy with 21st century methods grounded in human biology,” he said. said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness. Stock. “This is the biggest political development in congressional history on the fight to replace animal testing with morally and scientifically superior methods.”

HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Ranking Member Richard Burr, RN.C., were active supporters of the provision. AWA singled out the bill’s cosponsors, led by Senators Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Cory Booker, DN.J., along with Mike Braun, R-Ind., Ben Ray Lujan, DN.M., John Kennedy, R-La., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Alex Padilla, D-Calif., Angus King, I-Maine, Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., and Bernie Sanders I -Vt. for helping to lead efforts to move the legislation forward.

“The FDA Modernization Act would accelerate innovation and bring safer, more effective drugs to market faster by reducing red tape that is not supported by current science,” said U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R- Ky. It would also prevent unnecessary suffering and death of animal test subjects — which I think is something Republicans and Democrats can agree needs to end.

“Thanks to modern scientific innovation, the use of animal toxicity testing for experimental drugs has become increasingly obsolete,” said Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ. “This legislation will eliminate unnecessary suffering for countless animals when scientifically sound alternative testing methods become available.”

Our drug development paradigm, framed by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) of 1938, relies on animal testing for the evaluation of safety and efficacy. Data shows that it typically takes 10-15 years and an average investment of $1 billion and up to $6 billion for a new drug. Animal testing is not predictive of human response to drugs, failing 95% of the time when tested in human clinical trials. This antiquated process of pharmaceutical innovation is slowing the delivery of palliatives and cures for patient groups, driving up drug costs, and sacrificing countless animals, including mice, rats, dogs, and nonhuman primates.

“We commend the Senate HELP Committee for taking steps to bring drug development into the 21st century and for including this important status change to enable innovation that will accelerate drug development and provide much-needed cures for Americans,” said Gary K. Michelson, MD, Founder and Co-Chair of the Michelson Center for Public Policy. “The most predictive technologies available should be made available to drug sponsors to deliver the safest and most effective drugs to patients.”

“We are already on the verge of moving into the next phase of modern drug development, and modernizing the FDA will be the catalyst for that transition to modern science,” noted Tamara Drake, director of research and policy. regulation at the Center for a Humane Economy.

“Drug testing requirements have not kept pace with scientific innovation, and the public and animals have suffered,” said Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of laboratory investigations at PETA. .

The Center for a Humane Economy, Animal Wellness Action, Animal Wellness Foundation, Michelson Center for Public Policy, SPCA International, National Medical Association, Emulate Inc., PETA, Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research and Experimentation, Phoenix Zones Initiative, the La National Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Emulate, Nortis Bio, Beyond Celiac, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, United Leukodystrophy Foundation, Myositis Association, SPCA International, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, and Pasado’s Safe Haven were among of the more than 150 organizations and companies that have approved the FDA Modernization Act.

Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards prohibiting cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife. We advocate for policies to end dog and cock fighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to combat factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage good public policies and work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we need to elect good legislators, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our problems and which don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy is a non-profit organization that aims to influence business conduct to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal welfare movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and environmental degradation and embrace innovation as a means to eliminate both .

Marty Irby
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