Antidote Europe welcomes recent French media reports warning the public about dangerous medicines.
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Jan 6, ’11
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The campaign’s report presents an immediate science strategy to end poisoning tests on non-human primates.
Jul 6, ’10
Antidote Europe has criticised the French government for taking very timid measures to ban the synthetic chemical bisphenol A (BPA). It makes no sense to protect nursing infants by banning the substance in baby bottles when their mothers are exposed to it on a daily basis — not to mention the effect on the foetuses of pregnant women.
Feb 10, ’10
Antidote Europe has re-issued its warning on bisphenol A, criticizing the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) on its confused and unclear public announcements regarding this chemical.
Nov 26, ’09
Antidote Europe was awarded the Pietro Croce prize.
Aug 5, ’09
Antidote Europe has launched a public campaign regarding the dangers of bisphenol A and has duly informed the new president of the European Parliament.
Jul 8, ’09
It is difficult to understand why food safety agencies continue to place their trust in ambiguous animal data when human data is readily available. The fact that DES and BPA share striking similarities in their structures is extremely worrisome and lends weight to the possibility that BPA is a “chemical time bomb” in terms of our health.
Mar 30, ’09
With a crucial vote about to take place on Tuesday 31st March, by the Agriculture Committee (AGRI) of the European Parliament, Antidote Europe has written to all members of this committee, urging them to include a clause in the revised version of the 86/609 directive, to facilitate the adoption of any scientifically sound, non animal method, based on the “weight of evidence” principle. Such a clause would significantly increase the scope and application of non animal methods in practice.
Aug 25, ’08
According to EFSA, the exposure of the human foetus to bisphenol A would be negligible because the mother rapidly metabolizes and eliminates this substance from her body. This conclusion is in contradiction with basic pharmacokinetics knowledge.
Jun 17, ’08
Antidote Europe has issued an urgent caution against the idea of transplanting animal organs into people.
The French presidential candidates are not very eloquent on the subject of preventive health measures
Wed 18 Apr 2007
The candidates are not very eloquent on the subject of preventive health measures (April 18th, 2007) : Among those presenting candidates for the presidential election, the LCR has been the only political party to reply favourably and precisely to our questionnaire on the necessary preventive health measures. The Socialist Party and the UMP say they are concerned about prevention and research but it does not appear from their replies that they are considering really new approaches.
With only a few days left before the first round of the French presidential election, the candidates seem to be showing little concern for a question that is nevertheless fundamental, i.e. health. Some are preoccupied with the reimbursement of health care, others repeat that “our health system is one of the best-performing in the world”, but then how do they explain the fact that there are more and more sick people? Real and effective prevention would at one and the same time allow the social security’s books to be balanced and ensure the well-being of all.
Antidote Europe recently sent a questionnaire to the twelve candidates; this questionnaire was circulated in an earlier press release and published in Le Monde of 13th April 2007. After a brief statement of the facts, figures and arguments, three measures were called for:
- the promotion of biomedical research having no recourse to so-called animal models, since it has been proved that no animal species is a reliable biological model of a human being;
- a ban on pesticides and toxic additives in baby food, the creation of a “future mother’s safety” label to help pregnant women to avoid being exposed to dangerous substances and the creation of a “child’s safety” label for indoor household products (paints, dyes, varnishes, etc.) containing no toxic substances (and volatile substances in particular);
- action to impose a strict evaluation of toxic risks through reliable methods such as toxicogenomics.
The LCR, the party presenting Mr. Olivier Besancenot, replied, favourably and point by point, recognising that “toxicogenomics effectively seems reliable (cf. work by Narbonne and others) and often preferable to animal experimentation”, that “transferring animal results to human beings is risky” and that “protection of the new-born means banning pesticides in general and in food in particular. The protection of babies and children is worthy of a safety label for non-toxic products, including volatile ones.”
The PS, the party presenting Mrs. Ségolène Royal, replied that “the care system should be transformed into a health system” and that “the health-environment line should be developed”, and thought “the idea of a recognised safety label for pregnant women is excellent”. Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy did not answer the questionnaire point by point but considered that “health and environment should be better reconciled”. Both Mrs. Royal* and Mr. Sarkozy* propose increasing the budgets for prevention and research but the documents sent to Antidote Europe set out no really new approaches. But Antidote Europe considers it more necessary to learn from research failures and reassign credits to really effective methods than to increase these credits. Health care and prevention might also usefully be the subject of a critical examination of the methods implemented which seem to do little to improve the health situation in our country.
The FN acknowledged receipt of the questionnaire but to date Antidote Europe has not received a reply. The Greens also acknowledged receipt of the questionnaire and referred to their internet site without giving a specific answer to these questions.
Antidote Europe is doing its duty as an independent scientific committee by alerting the authorities and, more particularly, the person who will be presiding over France for the next five years. As effective means are available to the future President, what will he or she do to reduce the 300,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year, the hundreds of thousands of cases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease and allergies, etc., and to avoid these diseases emerging among younger and younger people?
Antidote Europe is a non-profit-making association created by researchers from the CNRS and working for better prevention in the field of human health.