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November 29, 2011

HSI Applauds Novo Nordisk for Ending Animal Testing for Medicine Quality Control

Humane Society International

LONDON—Humane Society International welcomes the announcement by global healthcare company Novo Nordisk that it will no longer use living animals to test the quality of its medicine batches. HSI campaigns globally for an end to such tests, and in response to this news, Troy Seidle, the organization’s director of research & toxicology issued the following statement:

“Humane Society International welcomes Novo Nordisk’s achievement in ending the use of live animals to test its medicinal products. We are witnessing a global technology revolution in chemical and pharmaceutical testing as costly, time-consuming and invasive animal tests are being replaced with 21st century cell- and computer-based non-animal techniques that are faster, cheaper and more relevant to people. By demonstrating that a successful global pharmaceutical company can evaluate the quality of its products by using non-animal test methods, Novo Nordisk is setting a leading example that HSI hopes others across all industry sectors will follow.”

Novo Nordisk says that it used 772 animals, including mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits, in batch testing of medicines in 2010, down from more than 13,000 animals per year in the 1990s. Overall, the number of animals Novo Nordisk used in all areas of its operations during 2010 was 62,152.

Read the Novo Nordisk press release at novonordisk.com/press/default.asp.

HSI and its affiliates are pressing authorities in Europe, the United States, and throughout the world to transition away from animal toxicity testing. Some of the world’s largest consumer product, chemical and pharmaceutical companies—Dow, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Unilever—have joined forces with the HSI and The Humane Society of United States to help bring about this evolution in toxicology as part of the Human Toxicology Project Consortium. You can read about HSI’s efforts to end animal testing here.

More information about the Consortium is available at: htpconsortium.org.

ENDS

Humane Society International and its partner organisations, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund, together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations—backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—on the Web at hsi.org.