Union Government bans repeat animal testing of drugs

Posted on:19 Mar 2016 17:24:46
Union Government bans repeat animal testing of drugs
19 March 2016 Current Affairs: Repeat animal testing of new drugs already tested abroad is now banned as per a ruling by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This move comes after Union Minister of Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi wrote to the ministry regarding the practice.In this regard, the ministry has as amended Schedule Y of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.There is no need for repeat tests on animals for new drug registrations if complete data from similar toxicity experiments already exists for drugs approved abroad. However, no permission will be required to conduct clinical trial intended for academic purposes in respect of approved drug formulation The amendments come after repeated appeals by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Union Women & Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi who is a well-known animal rights activist.

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