FDA Modernization Act Introduced in the Senate
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FROM Center for Contemporary Sciences
October 7, 2021

With strong bipartisan support the FDA Modernization act was just introduced into the Senate to improve drugs, save lives, & replace animal tests. CCS is proud to be the scientific lead behind the bill.

Center for Contemporary Sciences

U.S. Senators Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., Mike Braun, R-Ind., and John Kennedy, R-La., introduced the FDA Modernization Act of 2021 to modernize drug development and to authorize the FDA to accept human-relevant testing methods for safety and efficacy testing. Collaborating with other groups, CCS is leading the scientific support for this bill.

The existing drug development paradigm, established by statute in 1938 under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FFDCA), requires animal tests to be conducted in all new drug applications.

But this 80-year-old requirement has not caught up with the science. Major developments have been made in creating effective test methods that are based on human biology.

The FDA Modernization Act of 2021 amends the FFDCA by broadening options for drug development to include modern, innovative, human-relevant test methods.

By doing so, this bill will speed up the discovery and lower the costs of new life-saving treatments. 

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