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Physicians Committee Awarded Prize for Work to End Animal Testing

LONDON—The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group of 12,000 doctors, is a recipient of the 2017 Lush Prize for its lobbying efforts to affect the enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Physicians Committee, Members of Congress Call on USDA to Restore Animal Welfare Database

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, in cooperation with the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, convened a coalition of lawmakers, legal scholars, and organizations on Capitol Hill Thursday, June 6, to bring attention to the federal government’s withholding of animal welfare information. The briefing, held in the Capitol Visitor Center, was in partnership with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). Speakers from five other advocacy organizations also spoke to the 125 attendees at the briefing.

Animal Welfare Act Fails to Prevent Needless Animal Use, Suffering, Death

The Animal Welfare Act, passed more than 50 years ago, has not matured past its infancy in terms of effectively preventing unnecessary and inhumane animal experiments, says Physicians Committee senior counsel Leslie Rudloff, Esq., in an article published in the Syracuse Law Review’s Symposium on Animal Law.

Physicians Committee Trains Government Toxicologists on Method to Replace Animal Tests

The nonprofit Physicians Committee is training more than 70 U.S. government toxicologists this week on the OECD Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) Toolbox, a software program that quickly and accurately predicts chemical toxicity without the use of animals.

Physicians Committee Statement: USDA Budges on Animal Welfare Database, But Not Enough

Earlier this week, the Physicians Committee and a coalition of other organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in order to restore the agency's online animal welfare database. Today, USDA announced that it would post a small number of documents online. However, the agency needs to restore the entire database—and we won't stop working until it does.

Physicians Committee Statement: Doctors Sue Government for Hiding Animal Welfare Data

In our work to modernize and humanize research and medical training through the replacement of animal use, the Physicians Committee depended on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s animal welfare database, which was shut down on Feb. 3. We are taking legal action to restore it.

Statement from Physicians Committee | New Federal Agency Policy Hides Animal Welfare Data

In our work to modernize and humanize research and medical training through the replacement of animal use, the Physicians Committee depended on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s animal welfare database, which was shut down on Feb. 3. We are taking legal action to restore it.

Statement by the Physicians Committee | New Paper Sets a Roadmap to End Three Lethal Animal Tests

Acute toxicity refers to potentially lethal toxicity caused by a single dose of a chemical or drug. Currently, tens of thousands of animals are killed each year in acute systemic tests—called Lethal Dose 50 tests—by being forced to inhale or consume chemicals or drugs, or by having the chemicals spread on their saved skin for several hours. Animals used in these tests, sadly, include dogs, cats, rats, mice, and rabbits.

Lautenberg Train Station Ads Spotlight Sen. Cory Booker

WASHINGTON—Travelers in New Jersey’s busy Frank R. Lautenberg train station will encounter four large, upper-level platform billboards spotlighting Sen. Cory Booker. The ads urge constituents to thank @CoryBooker “for protecting us from toxic chemicals and honoring Sen. Lautenberg’s Legacy.” Scheduled to go up week of June 20, the ads are sponsored by the Physicians Committee, a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors. Viewers are directed to ReformToxicityTesting.org for further details. 
 

Physicians Committee Scientists Applaud Passage of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Bill Ensures Reform of Toxicity Testing

“The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine applauds the Senate passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, updating the statute that regulates chemicals policy. 

“The bill requires alternatives to animal tests be considered and used, and places restrictions on animal testing–which are stronger than current law–that will over time facilitate the development and adoption of human-relevant, nonanimal methods. Because information obtained on chemicals will be human-relevant, products Americans use will be safer.

Physicians Committee Scientists Urge Senate Passage of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Bill Ensures Reform of Toxicity Testing

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine urges the Senate’s immediate passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, updating the statute that regulates chemicals policy.

Physicians Committee Scientists Applaud Passage of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Bill Ensures Reform of Toxicity Testing

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine applauds the House passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, updating the statute that regulates chemicals policy.

Lautenberg Chemical Safety Legislation Should Prioritize High-Tech Test Methods

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—is calling on Congress to pass the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This bill, which would revise the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act, will ensure the replacement of animals in chemical tests with quick and human-relevant test methods.
 

Adverse Outcome Pathways: Path to Improved Chemical Tests without Animals

A new paper calls for ongoing development and regulatory acceptance of a framework for improving chemical hazard assessment by prioritizing modern test methods that reduce animal use.

Statement from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on End of NIH Chimpanzee Experimentation

A message from the Physicians Committee's John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C. We could not have done this without the support of our members!

 

Government Expands Protections for Chimpanzees in Laboratories: Doctors React to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Final Rule

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced June 12 that all chimpanzees—captive and wild—will get expanded protections under the Endangered Species Act. Read a statement by John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of academic affairs.

Doctors Protest Use of Beagles for Drug Testing; Demand Investigation of Testing Facility by Colorado Attorney General

DENVER-On May 19, local doctors, dogs, and concerned citizens will hold a peaceful demonstration to mark the anniversary of the deaths of three beagles in a testing laboratory in Fort Collins. The facility, CARE Research, was investigated and fined by federal agents, but it continues to be cited for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

Landmark Chemical Legislation Protects Human Health by Requiring Nonanimal Test Methods

The Physicians Committee applauds the progress of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (CS21). The amended bill will help replace and reduce animal-based chemical tests and increase the use of human-relevant methods.

Organ-on-a-Chip and In Vitro Cell Culture Systems Are Replacing Animal Experiments

BOSTON-On March 30 at the Experimental Biology 2015 Conference in Boston, three scientists will lead a symposium on the most advanced nonanimal methods for medical research. Martin Yarmush, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Rutgers University, will explain how organ-on-a-chip technology is emerging as a tool for researchers to make major scientific discoveries advancing human medicine.