End the Federal Animal Testing Requirement for New Drugs

End the Federal Animal Testing Requirement for New Drugs

Name of Bill: FDA Modernization Act

Bill Number: H.R. 2565

Mouse and BeakersScientists and drug sponsors should be allowed to use the best available, human-predictive technology when developing effective medicines for patients. The FDA Modernization Act (H.R. 2565) will give them that opportunity by lifting the archaic requirement that all new drug development rely upon animal testing—even when superior, non-animal testing methods exist. 

As stated by the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), “I would like to see research move away from the animal model, not only for the animals but for the American people who are in need of faster delivery of cures for devastating diseases with drugs at a lower price point. That means that research must focus on human biology, not animal biology. [H.R. 2565] does just that.”

 

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Please Co-sponsor H.R. 2565 to End Mandatory Animal Testing and Lower Drug Prices

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor the bipartisan FDA Modernization Act, H.R. 2565.

Existing FDA rules require testing on animals, even when superior, human-relevant testing methods exist. The FDA Modernization Act would lift that requirement for new drug development and allow the use of emerging, superior technologies in nonclinical testing, instead of relying solely on animal tests. The bill is consistent with the FDA's initiative to advance regulatory science.

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine reminded the world of the need for cutting edge science. Under current regulations it takes 10 years and an average investment of $3 billion to bring a new drug to market. Passage of H.R. 2565 could significantly speed up that process and cut costs drastically, effectively helping scores of people--and animals.

With recent advances in science, it is widely acknowledged that animal testing is not the best way to test the effectiveness of a new drug. We need to ensure that the most predictive technologies in existence are available to drug sponsors in order to provide the safest and most effective medicines for patients.

By co-sponsoring this bill, you would be helping not only animals, but also Americans in need of faster delivery of cures for devastating diseases with safer drugs at a lower cost.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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