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Why the Nuremberg Code may harm your health

Science has moved forward 65 years since the end of World War II but the laws have not yet caught up with the science.

A doctor, lawyer and university professor of neuroscience have just released startling new evidence to show that the Nuremberg Code may actually be causing harm to people’s health in the present day. Although intended to protect humans from unethical experiments following World War II, the Nuremberg Code requirement that animals be used in research and testing means that we are allowing dangerous drugs on to the market while losing potentially life-saving medications.

Says Ray Greek MD, principal author of the article: “Science has moved forward by 65 years since then, but the laws have not yet caught up with the science.” The result is that regulatory agencies like the FDA continue to mandate the use of a rodent and non-rodent species in order to determine toxicity in humans, when they should instead be mandating 21st century technology in line with “personalized medicine, where drugs are designed to treat patients based on their genetic makeup.

Greek adds: “We see the potential here for a win-win situation for all concerned. Replacing animal tests with modern technology will mean fewer adverse drug reactions for patients and increased consumer confidence in the pharmaceutical industry. Right now, adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death, after heart attacks, cancer and stroke. That just shouldn’t  happen.”

Ray Greek MD, Annalea Pippus JD and Larry Hansen MD have published their article The Nuremberg Code subverts human health and safety by requiring animal modeling  in the journal BMC Medical Ethics.

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