U.S. Representatives Nancy Mace and Buddy Carter ensure House passage of legislation to end FDA animal testing warrants

Left: U.S. Representative Nancy Mace, RS.C. | Right: U.S. Representative Buddy Carter, R-Ga.

FDA-TESTED |  Photo credit: Craig Swanson

FDA-TESTED | Photo credit: Craig Swanson

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U.S. Representatives Nancy Mace and Buddy Carter ensure House passage of legislation to end FDA animal testing warrants

Securing House passage of Republican-led legislation in a Congress when Democrats have a majority in both houses is a Herculean feat in this difficult political climate…”

— Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, June 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Legislative action last night that has the potential to stop the use of millions of animals and provide safer and more effective to countless patients in need of treatment, passed overwhelmingly by the United States House of Representatives. The FDA Modernization Act, as an addendum to a broader set of FDA-related reforms, was approved by the House thanks to the leadership of U.S. Representatives Nancy Mace, R-Charleston, Buddy Carter, R- Savannah and others. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions released its own FDA reform package, and this measure also includes language from the FDA Modernization Act led by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, in the Upper House.

Republicans and Democrats united to pass the FDA Modernization Act, HR 2565 and S. 2952, to reform our drug approval process and promote the use of non-animal testing methods. Addressing the category of testing that crosses the largest number of animals, the FDA Modernization Act is included as Section 701 in a body of legislation known as the Food and Drug Amendments. drugs of 2022, HR 7667. The vote on HR 7667 last night was 392 to 28.

“Securing House passage of Republican-led legislation in a Congress when Democrats have a majority in both houses is a Herculean feat in this difficult political climate and we commend Representatives Nancy Mace and Buddy Carter for their heroic work,” said Marty Irby, executive. director at Animal Wellness Action. “The FDA Modernization Act will undo an outdated, burdensome federal mandate that unnecessarily harms animals and increases both drug prices and time to market.”

“The passage of the FDA Modernization Act today is a significant step forward not only for the animal welfare community, but also for researchers who have been forced for decades to rely on outdated and binding animal testing warrants,” said Rep. Nancy Mace, RS.C. , one of the authors of the FDA Modernization Act. “I look forward to this historic legislation being enacted to reduce waste, save animal lives and streamline potentially life-saving medication for patients.”

“As a pharmacist, I know we can do better on drug pricing, on-time delivery to patients by improving both safety and efficiency,” said Rep. Buddy Carter, R. Ga., who led the fight for the FDA Modernization Act in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “I also know that we can do better with preclinical testing methods and apply 21st century strategies that rely on human biology, not so much on beagles.”

“House leaders and lawmakers from both parties recognize that the United States must lift an archaic mandate of animal testing for drug development and replace that strategy with 21st century methods grounded in human biology,” he said. said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center. for a human economy. “This is the biggest political development in congressional history on the fight to replace animal testing with morally and scientifically superior methods.”

Our drug development paradigm, framed by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) of 1938, relies on animal testing for the evaluation of safety and efficacy. Data shows that it typically takes 10-15 years and an average investment of $1 billion and up to $6 billion for a new drug. Animal testing is not predictive of human response to drugs, failing 95% of the time when tested in human clinical trials. This antiquated process of pharmaceutical innovation is slowing the delivery of palliatives and cures for patient groups, driving up drug costs, and sacrificing countless animals, including mice, rats, dogs, and nonhuman primates.

Center for a Humane Economy, Animal Wellness Action, Animal Wellness Foundation, Michelson Center for Public Policy, SPCA International, National Medical Association, Emulate Inc., PETA, Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research and Experimentation, National Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Emulate, Nortis Bio, Beyond Celiac, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, United Leukodystrophy Foundation, Myositis Association, SPCA International, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, and Pasado’s Safe Haven were part of more than 150 organizations and companies that have approved the FDA Modernization Act.

Click here to watch the video of Rep. Mace and Marty Irby discussing the FDA Modernization Act, and here to watch the video of Rep. Carter and others discussing the legislation on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards prohibiting cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife. We advocate for policies to end dog and cock fighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to combat factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage good public policies and work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we need to elect good legislators, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our problems and which don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation is a private, charitable organization based in Los Angeles whose mission is to help animals by making veterinary care available to everyone who has a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless animals find a loving caregiver. We believe in bringing veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promote responsible pet ownership; and vaccination of animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and alleviate suffering. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy is a non-profit organization that aims to influence business conduct to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal welfare movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and environmental degradation and embrace innovation as a means to eliminate both .

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Representative Nancy Mace discussed the FDA Modernization Act with Marty Irby