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Support Drug Development Priorities that Rely on Human Research

Support Drug Development Priorities that Rely on Human Research

Name: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Bill Number: S 3548

COVID-19_CDC_cropped.jpgThe Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is one of many bills introduced to deal with the economic and health crisis that arose with the global spread of the COVID-19 virus. This pandemic, which has confined large segments of the American people to their homes, impacts many areas of our lives. But it also impacts the lives of animals in the laboratory, who are very often the victims of disease research, even as we are victims of the disease.

A key provision of this bill is a call for additional funding for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19. There is a clear necessity for this new funding, but it is also key that the funds are not directed to massive new animal testing in a search for a vaccine or treatment for the virus. This bill would prioritize Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of certain drugs and allow emergency use of certain diagnostic tests that are not approved by the FDA.

The FDA’s oversight of drug safety includes a mandate that animals must be used for safety testing, even though the results of animal tests are not always translatable to human safety and health.

However, human clinical trials have already been launched in several countries, including the U.S., using variations of existing vaccines and thereby bypassing traditional animal tests. Under normal circumstances, preclinical animal testing must be completed before human trials can start, but the urgent need for a vaccine has allowed for an acceleration of this process. The urgency of dealing with a global pandemic is an opportunity to demonstrate that safe and effective drug development does not need to rely on the use of animals.

Please ask your U.S. Senator to support the CARES Act and to reprioritize research and testing on COVID-19 to focus on the best possible science for humans without the use of animals.

 

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Please prioritize research on human disease to focus on the best possible science for humans without the use of animals.

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to support the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, S 3548, and its proposed increase in funding for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19. This global pandemic makes it urgent to increase research and testing for a vaccine and would prioritize Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of certain drugs and allow emergency use of certain diagnostic tests that are not approved by the FDA.

Currently, the FDA's oversight of drug safety includes a mandate that animals must be used for safety testing, even though the results of animal tests are not always translatable to human safety and health. At this time of crisis, however, relying on animal testing to achieve results in the development of a new vaccine risks hindering progress by wasting time and resources on treatments that are effective on animals but not necessarily translatable to humans.

Human clinical trials have already been launched in several countries, including the U.S., using variations of existing vaccines and thereby bypassing traditional animal tests. Under normal circumstances, preclinical animal testing must be completed before human trials can start, but the urgent need for a vaccine has allowed for an acceleration of this process. The urgency of dealing with a global pandemic is an opportunity to demonstrate that safe and effective drug development is not dependent upon the use of animals.

Please ensure that funding for COVID-19 research and testing be directed at human-relevant efforts, prioritizing efforts that will have the best possible outcomes for our human population without the use of animals.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]