Why are animals used for testing?

EFPIA Administrator March 15th, 2011 1 Comment

Tests on animals can provide much information – for instance they can help to advance scientific knowledge, understanding of diseases, and to investigate the development of new medicines. Non-animal alternative methods are used to gain this information whenever possible.

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What is animal testing exactly?

EFPIA Administrator March 12th, 2011 2 Comments

Tests performed on animals help advance scientific research and medicines development.
Animal research takes several forms.

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What are the key issues?

EFPIA Administrator March 11th, 2011 6 Comments

Animal welfare view

Animal rights groups on the whole object to all animal testing and many advocate that the results of the testing are unreliable, and that all experiments could be replaced with non-animal testing methods.

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Are there any non-animal testing alternatives?

EFPIA Administrator March 10th, 2011 11 Comments

Yes there are many non-animal methods approved and used today. Animals are replaced, either by methods that don’t involve animals at all or by those that use only the cells or tissues of animals. Many replacement alternatives involve these in vitro (“in glass”) techniques, where the studies are done with cells or tissues in culture. Other alternatives include silico methods replicating animals’ reactions through a computer program.

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