New FDA Commissioner needs to hear from you about animal testing
Action Alert from


Barbara Stagno, CAARE Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research and Experimentation
July 2017


The new Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans for streamlining and improving the costly and cumbersome drug approval process.


Dr. Scott Gottlieb was sworn in on May 11, 2017 and has unveiled his Innovation Initiative to incorporate new technologies like computer models and simulations for clinical trials to develop and evaluate new drugs and medical devices.

These are important steps to revamp the outdated drug development process, but the one thing he hasnít addressed is ending FDAís requirement for animal testing.

Tell FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb that if the FDA truly wants to modernize the drug development process, itís time to remove the requirement for scientists to submit animal data.

CLICK HERE to send your letter.

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993


Currently researchers who work to develop drugs are required to submit results from animal tests to apply for an Investigational New Drug (IND).

This means that if scientists working with non-animal methods want to develop a new drug, they must still carry out tests on animals. This policy makes it impossible for emerging and innovative research methods to remain free of animal testing.

Dr. Gottlieb stated at his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate that ďscience will prevailĒ at the FDA under his direction. We know that a large body of scientific evidence points to the lack of translation from animal tests to human medicine, demonstrated by the staggering 95% failure rate of new drugs to prove safe and effective.

Tell Commissioner Gottlieb that as long as FDA continues to require animal tests, future work in drug development and safety testing will remain permanently hindered by weak translation from animal data.

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