Last updated on: 3/31/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Kathy Archibald Biography

Title:
Founder and Director of the Safer Medicines Trust
Position:
Con to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"
Reasoning:

“Not only are animals poor models of safety for humans, but they are also unreliable for demonstrating the effectiveness of treatments too. Just as many drugs fail in clinical trials because they turn out to cause side-effects in humans, many others turn out to be ineffective in humans, despite performing well in animals. This makes drug development extraordinarily expensive because companies need to recoup the costs of clinical trials not only for successful drugs, but also for the nine others that fail for each one that succeeds…

[F]ar from jeopardizing progress, a shift to advanced techniques based on human biology would accelerate biomedical research, and deliver safer and better medicines at lower costs: a win–win situation that should be supported by everyone.”

“Of Mice but Not Men,” What Doctors Don’t Tell You, Aug. 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Director of the Safer Medicines Trust (UK-based patient safety charity), 2005-present
  • Founder, Safer Medicines Campaign, 2004
  • Former Field Teacher, Action for Children
  • Former Field Teacher, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • Formerly worked in drug development for Serle
  • Formerly worked in drug development for MediSense
Education:
  • BSc, Genetics, University of Nottingham
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?