How Animal Testing Harms Humans

The Senate last week passed unanimously Rand Paul and Cory BookerThe bipartisan FDA Modernization Act 2.0 aims to end the requirement that drugs be tested on animals before being tested on humans. The bill has a good chance of moving House this fall or included in the year-end package. It’s a good reminder of how tough regulation hinders innovation and harms people.

It took nearly a century to start changing the law despite major advances in drug discovery technology. In 1938, Congress ordered animal testing to be conducted as part of the Food and Drug Administration’s drug approval process. While that approach might have made sense given the potential for drug testing at the time, studies have shown that animal testing can be a poor predictor of toxic reactions in humans. The new bill would make such testing optional, allowing drug manufacturers to choose the most effective toxicity testing techniques. How Animal Testing Harms Humans

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