Rand Paul: Why Is the FDA Still Requiring Human or Animal Testing For New Drugs?
Congress unanimously passed the FDA Modernization Act 2.0 in December 2022. The law allows drug companies to find alternative methods of assessing their products, without testing them on animals or human beings.
The bill was sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) and Cory Booker (D–NH). Its goal was to speed up the drug approval process, and to let scientists experiment with approaches methods that are more humane than testing on live subjects. Reason‘s Elizabeth Nolan Brown aptly summarized the bill’s achievements, noting that “previously, all drugs in development were required to undergo animal studies before being tested in human trials. Now, drug companies will still have the option to start testing experimental drugs on animals, but they won’t have to.”
And yet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not taken action to update the agency’s regulations.
“The FDA’s regulations related to animal testing no longer fully conform with applicable law,” writes Paul in a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf.
Paul’s letter, obtained exclusively by Reason, was co-signed by Booker and seve
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