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Subject: attempts to ban animal testing of human drugs
The following is an extract from Hansard and is at
"New Medications (Safety Testing)
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it
her policy to end the requirement that new medications are safety tested on
animals before they are given to humans. 
Jane Kennedy: Regulatory and scientific requirements on the testing
strategies for new medicinal products have been established at European and
international levels. The "Note for Guidance on Non-clinical Safety Studies
for the Conduct of human Clinical Trials for Pharmaceuticals
(CPMP/ICH/286/95)" provides guidance as to what safety tests are required
before a medicinal product enters the different stages of a clinical trial
program. These safety tests in animals are needed to establish the safety
and toxicological profile of a medicinal product before it is used in man.
As a result of these tests, a large number of potential medicinal products
never make it to use in man because their toxicological profile is
unacceptable. These tests serve an essential role in the development of
medicines. Therefore, we will not make it our policy to end the requirement
for safety testing in animals."
Jane Kennedy MP is Minister of State for Quality and Patient Safety at the
Department of Health, including clinical quality, patient safety and
clinical negligence. It is clear that there is serious lack of knowledge on
this issue in Parliament. She is described at
http://www.labour.org.uk/maps/locinfo.phtml?ctid=2363 as 'Educated at
Liverpool University' (no degree?) and 'Previously a care assistant for
Liverpool City Council's social service department and residential child
care officer'. So what qualifies her to speak on this vital scientific
Ms Kennedy states that "a large number of potential medicinal products never
make it to use in man because their toxicological profile is unacceptable."
EXACTLY! Their toxicological profile in NON-HUMANS is unacceptable. This
means that many potential SAFE medicines are abandoned because the animal
tests indicate that they are unsafe. In many other cases, drugs go on to be
tested in humans even when the animal tests indicate that they are unsafe.
And many drugs which are harmful to humans test as safe in non-humans. The
use of non-humans to test medicines for humans yields results which are less
accurate than tossing a coin.
When will the authorities see sense?