MP co-sponsors radical Bill to overhaul drug safety tests

July 29, 2010 10:26 AM

Julian HuppertMP Julian Huppert has co-sponsored a Bill to overhaul drug safety tests and protect patients from adverse reactions.

Patient safety charity Safer Medicines Trust wants a comparison between new safety tests based on human biology and the animal tests currently required by law, to show which would better ensure the safety of consumers. The Safety of Medicines Bill calls on the

government to insist on this comparison.

Side effects of prescription medicines hospitalise one million Britons and kill more than 10,000 every year, making them one of the leading causes of death.

Julian said: "I am proud to co-sponsor this Bill. This legislation, if supported, will ensure that our drug safety regulations are up to date giving much greater protection to patients and even saving lives.

"This Bill reflects the latest innovations in science, many of which have been pioneered here in Cambridge and I will be commending it to the House."

Dr Margaret Clotworthy, Science Director, Safer Medicines Trust, said: "Technologies to predict safety in humans have leapt ahead in the past 10 years, but our regulations are stuck in the past. These new technologies must be embraced to improve the safety of new medicines.

"We congratulate Dr Huppert for taking a lead in ensuring that we rely only on the best possible evidence, from the most modern tests when assessing drug safety."

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