The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced plans to remove animals from the drug and chemical toxicity testing process, an outdated practice not only harmful and fatal to animals, but the findings are often irrelevant to human health.
Scientists at the non-profit health organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) assisted this change by shaping the new NIH roadmap to tailor toxicity testing with relevant methods that better protect human health.
“The National Institutes of Health’s new Roadmap provides a direct route to better protect millions of human and animal lives,” The vice president of the Physicians Committee’s research policy, Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H, said in a statement. “It will help replace animal tests, which can fail to predict if a drug or chemical is harmful, with organs-on-chips and other human-relevant methods.”
According to PCRM, the plan, entitled “A Strategic Roadmap for Establishing New Approaches to Evaluate the Safety of Chemicals and Medical …