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Forums / Treatments, health professionals and therapies / Medications and Animal Testing

Topic: Medications and Animal Testing

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  1. Montana
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    16 April 2019

    Hey there, how are you all?

    I was just wondering if anybody here knew what level of animal testing goes on with medications? I'm open to trialling medications but am anxious regarding supporting an industry that is involved in animal cruelty...

    Kind regards,

    Montana....

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  2. Peppermintbach
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    16 April 2019 in reply to Montana

    Hi Montana,

    I think it’s wonderful that you care so much about animals :)

    I don’t profess to be hugely knowledgeable when it comes to meds and animal testing. I’m still figuring a lot of it out...

    But I still hope it’s okay if I give you a couple of small suggestions. I think perhaps a good starting point is to look up the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the meds that you’re interested in to find out about their animal testing policies.

    Then maybe the next step could be to try to research legislation regarding the manufacture and distribution of meds in different Australian states e.g. see if there’s any legislation that requires mandatory animal testing on certain meds.

    I don’t know if you will find my little ideas helpful or not, but I thought that I would try to help anyway.

    Kind and caring thoughts,

    Pepper

  3. Montana
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    16 April 2019 in reply to Peppermintbach

    No doubt, Pepper.

    I did do a little looking into Brintellex which is a recently cleared medication in Australia and noticed they had tested it on cats, mice, rats and dogs. At the very least at least on rats and dogs. They apparently "breed the dogs" for testing but I don't know, it sounds a bit wild to me. I'm not sure how it can be illegal to be cruel to animals but then be legal to test medications on such a wide variety of creatures without any kind of governing body disallowing it...

    Kind regards, Montana...

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  4. Peppermintbach
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    17 April 2019 in reply to Montana

    Hi Montana,

    I feel that that is very disturbing and sad. I get what you’re saying about double standards in our treatment of non-human animals ...

    Kind and caring thoughts,

    Pepper

  5. romantic_thi3f
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    19 April 2019 in reply to Montana

    Hi Montana,

    Unfortunately yes - most medications are tested on animals.

    From what I've seen/heard/read, for drugs to be approved they need to go through numerous drug trials, with most of these trials starting with animals.

    It is sad, but the regulations for testing on animals in Australia is not like what we see in the media for testing on animals for things like cosmetics (like the PETA portrayal). Although I can't find the website, there are ethical guidelines for animal testing here that companies have to adhere to by law.

    I personally take medication even knowing this, because the benefits far outweigh it. While we can make choices regarding SSRI's and anti-anxiety medication, it's so much harder for things like anti-epileptic medication or antibiotics. I hope to somewhat 'compensate' for it in the other choices I make, like cosmetics.

    I hope that whatever you decide, you are able to put yourself first even if it is a conflicted decision.

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