Animals Behind Top DrugsAnimal testing and research is behind nearly every prescription medicine.
Are you taking a prescription medicine?
Nearly every prescription medicine available has depended on animal testing and research.
Animal testing is essential for understanding the safety and proper dosages of new medicines and treatments. If researchers find that a drug is safe and effective through animal testing, they can begin testing it in small groups of people and then larger groups of people. Both extensive human and animal testing is required by law before a drug can be approved. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires animal testing before there can be clinical drug trials in people. Learn more about which lab animals have contributed to the most common prescription drugs in the chart below.
|1||Synthroid||Enlarged thyroid; hypothyroidism||Rats, Dogs, Mice|
|2||Crestor||High cholesterol||Rats, Beagle dogs, Mice, Cats, Cynomolgus monkeys, Rabbits|
|3||Nexium||Heartburn; Acid Reflux||Rats, Beagle dogs, Rabbits, Mice|
|4||Ventolin HFA||Bronchospasm||Rats, Beagle dogs, New Zealand white rabbits|
|5||Advair Diskus||Asthma; COPD Flare-ups||Rats, Dogs, Mice, Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Monkeys, Hamsters|
|6||Diovan||High Blood Pressure||Rats, Mice, Rabbits, Marmosets|
|7||Lantus Solostar||Diabetes mellitus||Rats, Beagle Dogs, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs|
|8||Cymbalta||Fibromyalgia; Major Depressive & General Anxiety Disorders||Mice, Rats, Rabbits, Dogs|
|9||Vyvanse||ADHD; Severe binge eating (adults)||Rats, Guinea Pigs, Beagle Dogs|
|10||Lyrica||Fibromyalgia; Epilepsy||Mice, Rats, Monkeys, Rabbits|
|11||Spiriva Handihaler||COPD (including Bronchitis & Emphysema)||Mice, Rats, Rabbits, Dogs|
|12||Lantus||Types 1 & 2 Diabetes||Mice, Dogs, Guinea Pigs, Rats|
|13||Celebrex||Arthritis; Ankylosing Spondylitis||Rats, Mice, Beagle Dogs, Monkeys|
|14||Abilify||Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder||Rats, Dogs, Monkeys, Rabbits|
|15||Januvia||Type 2 Diabetes||Rats, Rabbits, Dogs, Monkeys|
|16||Namenda||Moderate to Severe Dementia||Rats, Mice, Beagle Dogs|
|17||Viagra||Erectile Dysfunction||Rats, Dogs, Mice, Rabbits|
|18||Cialis||Erectile Dysfunction||Mice, Beagle Dogs, Wistar Rats|
|19||Zetia||High cholesterol||Rats, Dogs, Mice|
|20||Nasonex||Seasonal/Year Round Allergies||Rats, Rabbits, Dogs|
|21||Suboxone||Narcotic Addiction||Mice, Rats, Rabbits, Baboons, Dogs|
|22||Symbicort||Asthma||Mice, Rats, Dogs|
|23||Bystolic||Hypertension||Mice, Rats, Dogs|
|24||Flovent HFA||Prevent Asthma Attacks||Rats, Rabbits, Dogs|
|25||Oxycontin||Long lasting, Moderate to Severe Pain||Rats, Rabbits|