Animal drug testing: Study calls for ‘urgent action’ over quality and regulation of studies

Researchers “misrepresented” the results of animal studies in order to obtain funding and approval for human trials for a new tuberculosis vaccine, a study claims.

The drug was reported to have been effective in animal studies, but subsequently failed to show a benefit when tested in a large clinical trial in South African infants in 2009.

The concerns over methodology prompted an independent review in 2015 which concluded the results of the animal studies had been overstated.

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