#CutFDARedTape Progress! Congress demands FDA report on avoiding wasteful dog testing, updates to outdated regulations

Posted by Arin Greenwood
08 July 2020 | Blog


UPDATE December 28, 2020: We did it! Following WCW’s Cut FDA Red Tape campaign and lobbying, Congress included WCW-backed language in the Food and Drug Administration’s 2021 spending bill, which has been signed into law, directing the agency to issue a report on how drug makers can avoid wasteful, slow and costly dog testing mandates in favor of more efficient and effective alternatives, and revise its outdated regulations (see page 81). Read more about this and WCW’s other wins for taxpayers and animals in the government’s 2021 spending bill in our new blog!

UPDATE July 24, 2020: #CutFDAredtape progress! The FDA’s 2021 funding bill just passed in the full House of Representatives, with our language in it directing the FDA to revise its outdated dog testing mandate. Now the bill goes to the Senate. We will keep you posted on developments!

Original post:
YOU GUYS! Following WCW’s grassroots Cut FDA Red Tape campaign and lobbying, the Food and Drug Administration’s House funding panel and full House Appropriations Committee have unanimously passed their 2021 FDA funding bill that includes a WCW-backed measure directing the agency to issue a report on how drug makers can avoid wasteful, slow and costly dog testing mandates in favor of more efficient and effective alternatives, and to revise its outdated and burdensome regulations. See the measures on page 80 and 86 of this legislation.

We are extremely grateful to Appropriations Chairperson Nita Lowey (D-NY), FDA Appropriations Chairman Sanford Bishop (D-GA), and Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for their leadership on this effort to cut FDA red tape, and help to end the FDA’s disturbing dog testing demands that are opposed by a supermajority of taxpayers.

Our Cut FDA Red Tape campaign coalition with the Consumer Choice Center and Vanda Pharmaceuticals is aimed healing a sick systemunder which intransigent government bureaucrats force drug companies to torture and kill thousands of puppies every year for no reason other than to comply with 80-year-old regulations that have no basis in modern science.

The FDA’s burdensome dog testing mandate—which is not required by law, and could be lifted at any time—has allowed dangerous drugs to reach patients and prevented safe ones from coming to market, costing pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars and decades of wasted time.

We are calling for regulatory reform. This legislation is big step in that direction.

The bill now goes to the full House Appropriations Committee for a vote, then to the entire House—then to the Senate, then to the President for his signature! We are working our tails off to make sure it becomes law, and will keep you posted.

You can help! Please join our new coalition by signing our action alert to tell lawmakers you want to cut FDA red tape to spare dogs, stop waste, and save lives!

Blog Comments

Stop torturing dogs!!!!

Do the right thing!!!

Fermate i testa sui cani innocenti

Please cut the FDA red tape to spare dogs, to save lives and to stop these unnecessary,
nonvaluable projects in this time of alternative better tools providing better results. Demand the FDA come out of archaic times.

Stop unnecessary tests on dogs and other animals now! Use prison-lifers instead. They might even volunteer for a price.

Please stop the cruelty

Please stop! Stop testing on dogs and other animals!

Use effective, updated methods for testing. Organ on a chip, Computer based modeling, micro tissue testing, human volunteers. Stop archaic, unethical animal testing which delays effective medicines getting to patients .

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