Professor Colin Blakemore claims that experimenting on primates is vital for researching Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, strokes and other diseases, and that the ban on using great apes should be relaxed in the future if necessary. There are a number of errors and contradictions in his claims, which reveal his position to be insupportable from any perspective:
Patient safety organisation Europeans for Medical Progress has published “Non-human primates in medical research and drug development: a critical review” (Biogenic Amines, Vol. 19, No. 4-6, pp. 235-255) – available here.
Says Science Director of Europeans for Medical Progress, Dr Jarrod Bailey, “There is a great deal of data showing primate research to be irrelevant, even hazardous to human health and to have little or no application to human medicine. For the sake of medical progress, it is time for a transparent examination of this issue, free of rhetoric and unsubstantiated claims of infinite medical benefits.”
World Patient Safety Day is grounded in the most fundamental principle of medicine – first do no harm “Medication Safety” is the theme for World Patient Safety Day 2022. Safer Medicines Trust is a patient safety charity whose mission is to improve the safety of medicines, so we very much support calls for “Medication Without Harm”. The World […]The crisis of Alzheimer’s disease research: it’s time to embrace a new approach to help patients
The problem Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a leading cause of death in the UK and along with other dementias, is responsible for almost 11% of all deaths in England.1 More than 209,000 new cases are diagnosed each year across the UK.2 It remains a leading cause of death and disability worldwide3, affecting nearly 50 million […]