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FRAME on the Politics Show

Director of the FRAME Alternatives Laboratory (FAL) Dr Andy Bennett took part in a live discussion on the East Midlands section of the Politics Show, which covered a wide range of topics during a 10 minute slot. 


Political editor John Hess talked to representatives from several organisations and businesses about changes in the laws governing testing for cosmetics ingredients. He interviewed shoppers to ask their views on animal testing and whether they are prepared to pay more for cruelty-free products. 


The programme also included details of the increase in the number of laboratory procedures involving animals and some of the reasons for it as well as the need for more government finance to support the search for alternatives.  


During the live segment there was discussion on some well known past examples of drug development where animal tests failed to predict the risk to humans. It also covered the recent EU decision to end use of the diabetes drug Avandia because of the increased risk of heart attacks associated with it.


Other people involved in the broadcast were: Nick Palmer from BUAV, Simon Festing of Understanding Animal Research, Felicity Rose from the University of Nottingham and Kathy Archibald of the Safer Medicines Campaign.

You can find a link to the programme here. (Scroll forward to 35 minutes)

Archived October 14