The Animal Research Behind the Top 25 Most Prescribed Drugs

Has Your Doctor Prescribed One of These Medications?

In an effort to continue educating the public and key decision makers about the importance of animal research, NABR and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) have just posted a listing of the top 25 most prescribed drugs and the animal models that helped develop them.

Compiled using publicly available information from the FDA, the Top 25 Most Prescribed Drugs table is easy to read and clearly demonstrates the indispensable role animal models play in the drug development process. The table can be customized to sort by species so readers can learn which pharmaceuticals were developed thanks to the assistance of rodents, nonhuman primates (NHP), dogs, or rabbits.

Chances are someone you know is taking one of the most commonly prescribed FDA-approved medications on this list. These include medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes; all of which could not have been developed without the assistance of animal research. Yet, a common tactic by opponents of lifesaving and life-improving biomedical research with animals is to attempt to discredit its effectiveness.  With this information, the evidence is irrefutable. Please share it with the public, your colleagues, and cross post on social media to help increase awareness of the necessity of animal models in drug development.

See the Top 25 Drugs: 
http://www.nabr.org/biomedical-research/laboratory-animals/animal-research-behind-top-drugs/

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NABR Releases Analysis of Animal Rights Federal FOIA Requests in FY14

You have received a FOIA request.  You know what they want from your research institution.  But do you know what animal rights groups are looking for from other research institutions?  Do you know how many such requests were filed at federal agencies?  Do you know which groups are the most frequent requesters?  Do you know how much these requests cost the agencies?  Now you will.  Following on the heels of NABR’s successful analysis of animal rights FOIA requests in 2013, NABR has released “A Review of Animal Rights FOIA Requests FY14.”

This is an in-depth report of each and every Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made in FY14 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health by animal rights groups that you won’t find anywhere else.  NABR’s experts have broken these requests down in an easy to read format to quickly understand the commonly requested information, frequency of requests by party, and an examination of the cost to NIH and USDA.

As animal rights groups continue to rely on FOIA to gather intelligence about research institutions for targeting purposes, it is important to understand their tactics and the true impact of such requests.  Please download “A Review of Animal Rights FOIA Requests FY14” by clicking below and share it with your staff and FOIA offices.

 
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Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Pens Letter to Science on Researcher Harassment

On May 8, Steven Hyman, President of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and SfN Committee on Animals in Research Chair Michael Goldberg submitted a letter to Science in response to the article, “Researcher Drops Primate Work.”  The letter was printed in the June 12 issue of Science.

The letter highlights the great value of humane animal research in the endeavor for medical progress in the fields of animal and human health.  Drs. Hyman and Goldberg write, “Research on animals, including non-human primates, provides the basis for breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, and devastating infectious diseases like HIV, Ebola, and influenza. Monkey research played a key role in the development of deep-brain stimulation for treating conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

Most importantly, Drs. Hyman and Goldberg point to the troubling and disruptive actions by extremist elements seeking to derail the hunt for cures and therapies.  “It is unacceptable that researchers worldwide are subject to harassment, threats of violence, illegal taping, and property damage, and we urge aggressive enforcement of laws that protect responsible research, scientific institutions, and scientists,” they write.  This behavior, they continued, “will only lengthen the time needed to better understand complex neural systems, which are crucial to find treatments more than 1,000 disorders.”

To read the letter, please click here.

UK’s Institute of Cancer Research Communicates Animal Research to the Public

Today, June 12, Dr. Eva Sharpe, the Science Information and Policy Manager for the Institute of Cancer Research in London published a blog posting discussing the several ways that she and her colleagues are educating the public on the role animal research plays in their work to cure cancer.

From public engagement to aiding the production of a BBC documentary, Dr. Sharpe and the ICR staff have been very busy over the past year and their openness serves as a model for the research community in the campaign to educate those unsure about animal research.

We hope that you’ll find Dr. Sharpe’s posting helpful in assisting you in informing the public on the vital role animal models play in finding cures and therapies for animal and human benefit.  To read the posting, please click here.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Labels Captive Chimpanzees Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced on their website a new rule elevating the status of captive chimpanzees in the U.S. from “threatened” to “endangered.” This new ruling effectively means that biomedical research with the chimpanzee model may become difficult, if not impossible, to conduct.  Of the 36 proposed species for relisting, only captive chimpanzees would have an impact on scientific discovery. It is perplexing how reclassifying captive chimpanzees in the U.S. as endangered, which have been purpose bred for research, would result in any material benefit to the species in the wild. Ongoing research projects involving the chimpanzee model are now required to request a “take” permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a potentially lengthy process that will likely result in the discontinuation of  a number of current studies.

In 2013, NABR provided recommendations to the agency, explaining the past, current, and future potential benefits of chimpanzee research on both human and ape health.

Chimpanzees have been an important part of medical advancement in the United States for decades. The contribution the species has made to medicine benefits nearly every child born in America today. Most children get their first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine at birth, and the Hepatitis A vaccine is typically administered at age 1. Without the chimpanzee model, which naturally carries the virus, researchers would not have been able to produce vaccines for either Hepatitis A or Hepatitis B.

The Service acknowledges in its rulemaking notice that chimpanzees suffer from many of the same diseases humans do by stating, “…diseases, including Marburg virus, polio, anthrax, pneumonia, human respiratory syncytical virus, and human metapneumovirus have resulted in widespread death of chimpanzees, even within national parks.” To suggest that medical research with the chimpanzee model does not benefit both the human and chimpanzee species simply is inaccurate.

The full impact the new FWS ruling will have on biomedical research is unclear.  However, it would be unfortunate, even grave, should an infectious disease outbreak occur where human lives are at stake and a chimpanzee model could expedite development of life-saving medicines.

 

ALF Destroys Animal Research-Related Trucks in Canada

Canadian Regional Police are investigating claims by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) that it is responsible for setting fire to two trucks in west Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, over the weekend. In an anonymous email to the ALF Press Office, the organization says it planted incendiary devices under trucks belonging to Harlan Laboratories. The ALF claims Harlan is “owned” by longtime animal rights extremist target Huntingdon Life Sciences, and the company is responsible for supplying research animals and animal feed. Police received multiple calls about a loud bang, flash of light and heavy smoke just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Officers responded and located a transport truck fully engulfed and part of another in flames behind an industrial warehouse unit. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze before it could spread to the warehouse. There were no injuries and no one was on scene when crews arrived, police report.

A photograph of the burning trucks and the full, anonymous email “communiqué” are available at this ALFPO link. The ALF message says in part, "This action was undertaken in order to eliminate this...company's means of transportation, to disrupt the systematic torture and murder of innocent animals, and to cause as much monetary damage as possible." The email also states, "Fortunately, news reports have said that the devices ignited successfully, damaging one truck and completely destroying the other. Our only regret is that the flames were extinguished before they had a chance to spread to Harlan’s offices."

Join Us on Tuesday, July 21 for NABR’s Next Exclusive Webinar!

NABR is pleased to announce the return of one of it's most requested, exclusive webinars... the third edition of "Q&A with the USDA."

Join NABR and Drs. Betty Goldentyer and Robert Gibbens, the Eastern and Western Region Directors of the Animal Care Division for "Q&A with the USDA, Third Edition" on Tuesday, July 21.  This webinar presents a unique opportunity for NABR members to ask questions directly to the leadership of USDA and should not be missed.

Who should attend:

✓ Institutional Officials
✓ Attending Veterinarians
✓ Vet Techs
✓ Legal Counsel
✓ IACUC Members
✓ Employees responsible for implementing an Animal Care and Use Program

Please submit questions as soon as possible to info@nabr.org.  Questions will be reviewed and formatted to prevent duplication and will be answered in the order they are received.

"Q&A with the USDA, Third Edition" will be scheduled for an hour, but NABR will continue the webinar until all of your questions have been addressed. Again, please submit questions to info@nabr.org as soon as possible.

 

Join us on July 21, 2015 by reserving your spot today!

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Webinar participants will be provided with a Certificate of Attendance upon request.

*This webinar is a complimentary service for NABR member institutions. An unlimited number of interested participants from each member institution may register free of charge. Interested participants from non-member institutions must be pre-approved and will be charged a per-person access fee of $279. All major credit cards are accepted. You will be contacted for payment upon registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

New Video Answers the Question, “Why Are Animals Needed in Research?”

Those of us in the biomedical research community are often asked by friends, family and acquaintances: why must we use animals in research?  The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) has just released a short new video that answers this very basic question and is designed to be a shareable teaching tool for the public.

Featuring several of the country’s leading scientists and medical experts, this video highlights why animal research is critical for medical progress and the advancement of both human and animal health.

Please take 5 minutes to watch and share it with those you know who may be curious about animal research. Share it with the public, your colleagues, and post it on social media to help increase awareness of the necessity of animal models in medical discovery.

If you appreciate this video and would like to help FBR continue educating the public on these critical issues, please make your tax deductible donation to the Foundation today.

 

Texas House of Representatives Passes Resolution Honoring UTMB’s Ebola Research

On Wednesday, May 27, the Texas House of Representatives passed H.R. 2464 to recognize the efforts of the researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in the hunt for an Ebola vaccine.

According to the resolution, UTMB “has made important strides toward conquering the Ebola virus” by developing a single-dose vaccine that is scheduled for human trials this summer.  Legislators acknowledge the importance of animal research by noting, “researchers conducted nonhuman primate testing in the Galveston National Laboratory, the only fully operational Biosafety Level 4 laboratory on an academic campus in the United States.”

To read this honor bestowed by the Texas House of Representatives, please click here.

The Guardian Features Editorial Supporting Primate Research

On Monday, May 25, The Guardian featured an editorial lauding the importance of animals, specifically the use of primate models, in medical research.  The piece, titled, The Guardian view on vital medical research on primates: don’t give in to the animal rights advocates, even states that abandoning primate research would be “craven and foolish.”

The Guardian describes the animal rights extremist agenda against prominent European researcher Nikos Logothetis and his important work.  The piece also highlights extraordinary work by neuroscientists in California that have enabled a paralyzed patient to control a robotic arm through his brain’s impulses, a development achieved through research with monkeys.

Please take a moment to read this editorial by clicking here.

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