Animal Defenders of Westchester

lion baby

Home Page
Action Alerts
Articles
Campaigns
Events
How Can I Help?
Letters
Who We Are
Links

We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

Action Alerts

NEW MEDICAL TREND: HUMAN GUINEA PIGS

Globe Magazine, 9/6:

Using humans as the first guinea pigs in drug studies is on the rise.

"It makes sense in many ways," Mary Beth Sweetland, director of investigations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tells GLOBE.

"First of all, it cuts costs of drug development drastically by eliminating what we call late failures," she says.  "You can take a drug far along its testing with animals only to find it doesn't work in humans.  Secondly, it cuts the time of testing valuable drugs because you get results much sooner."

The trend of bypassing animal studies, called experimental medicine, made believers out of researchers for Amgen, the biotech company that gave potential arthritis drugs to human volunteers.

The results of the human trials were the direct opposite of similar tests performed with the same drugs in animals.  Sweetland says animal testing can actually be harmful to humans.  "The diet drug Fen-Phen caused horrible injuries to human heart valves, but no injuries were evident when given to animals," she notes.

Volunteers are happy to be part of the growing trend.  Ken Garabadian, who sufferes from intestinal cancer, has been the guinea pig for several pharmaceutical studies and says he was thrilled when the experimental drugs showed signs of working.

"The psychological boost was just enormous."

Email for author Lynn Allison (also a friend to the animals): lallison@globefl.com  


Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Your comments and inquiries are welcome

(d-4)


This site is hosted and maintained by:
The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation
Thank you for visiting all-creatures.org.


Since date.gif (991 bytes)