Support the Safety of Medicines Bill 2011
The traditional animal based models currently used in medical research have resulted in a myriad of examples where drugs have tested safe in animals, yet have gone on to have disastrous, often fatal results in humans. These adverse drug reactions are responsible for killing over 10,000 people in the UK every year, millions of hospital admissions and cost the NHS over £2billion every year. Meanwhile, scientists have already developed more reliable and safer modern alternative methods but limited investment is delaying their progress and employment. The Safety of Medicines Bill 2011 calls for an independent evaluation to compare the efficiency of animal tests versus non-animal based tests in drug safety. Scientists believe that this will lead to breakthroughs in human medicine in contrast to the stagnant state of medical research that has characterised the past few decades
We the undersigned people of the UK urge MPs to support the Safety of Medicines Bill 2011. This bill is vital to save human lives by advancing the progress of medical science away from traditional flawed research methods and onto the latest modern human relevant alternatives.