Animal advocates have been calling for this for decades. In the United States, drugs can now be marketed without being tested on laboratory animals. The law, signed by the US president on December 29, removes the obligation to start clinical trials of a molecule’s effectiveness and safety in animals. This rule was in force since 1938.

“It’s not about banning animal testingsays Ivan Balansard, president of the Gircor association, whose job it is to communicate the subject to the general public, on behalf of various French research institutes. On the other hand, this stage can now be avoided if the pharmaceutical laboratory can demonstrate that the level of safety of the drug assessed by alternative methods is comparable to what it would have been obtained by animal testing. The United States Drug Administration (FDA) will provide…

Source: Le Figaro

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