Animals Used in Research
At Pfizer, the animals in our care are key to helping us advance breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. The use of animals in research is currently an essential component of the drug discovery process. Animals help us advance our scientific understanding, serve as models to study disease, help us develop and test potential new medicines and therapies.
Given the present state of scientific knowledge, testing potential new medicines and therapies in animals is critical to their evaluation, and is required by regulatory authorities worldwide to ensure the quality, efficacy and safety of the medicines and therapies we develop. Accordingly, before any potential medicine can be tested in, and subsequently approved for, humans, data from animal models must be submitted to the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (or its equivalent in other countries) to demonstrate its safety and efficacy.
Pfizer is also committed to the use of alternative testing methods whenever possible.