Animal Cruelty free Test Kit

by Medindia Content Team on  December 13, 2005 at 8:51 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Animal Cruelty free Test Kit
Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has developed an in-house animal serum free diabetes test kit which measures the insulin level, which is being marketed by Linco Research. PCRM started to initiate the development of the test kit during the year 2002 amid various criticisms that it is not possible to develop the test kit without using animal serum.

The new alternative test kit uses synthetic medium and the cost and accuracy is not found to vary from the conventional animal serum test kits. The cruelty-free kit is expected to sell particularly well in Europe, where laboratories are concerned about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) being transmitted in animal serum and the announcement of the new test comes just weeks after European Union officials and industry groups issued a joint declaration to reduce the use of animals in laboratories.

Mrs. Even, PCRM Research Analyst said, "Our success shows that a little ingenuity can do a lot to reduce the cruelty involved in medical testing and if scientists put more effort into developing alternatives to the use of animals in medical research and testing, we could alleviate animal suffering and practice more effective medicine."

Source: Eurekalert.


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I practise and am promoting the avoidance of animal-tested medicines (note, as distinct from cosmetics etc. though of course I follow the same policy regarding them). Where can I get information about readily available cruelty-free medicines, other than in health stores. For example could one request the diabetes test kit from a GP in Britain or elsewhere in Europe? Thanks for any information.
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