Gilead Science praised for chimp-free research

Gilead Sciences of Foster City, the Bay Area’s top biotech company, has won a big cheer from an animal rights group for its promise not to use chimpanzees in its research in this country.

The Humane Society of the United States, which announced Gilead’s decision, said it had submitted a shareholder proposal in November seeking the promise, citing  Gilead’s past  use of chimps to test a hepatitis treatment.

The organization said the company responded by noting that it wasn’t currently using the animals in research and wouldn’t do so in the future.

In a news release thanking Gilead, the Humane Society said GlaxoSmithKline, Idenix Pharmaceuticals and Novo Nordisk are among several other drug makers that have agreed not to use chimps in research.


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  • Now we must convince Gilead Sciences to quit using ‘human beings’ in further clinical trials with ribavirin (which is thought to be carcinogenic, can cause anemia, depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, as well as a long list of other dire and brutal side effects… Gilead must move forward in collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb with drug combination of Gilead’s sofosbuvir (formerly GS-7977) and Bristol’s daclatasvir, which when combined together cured 100% of most prevalent type of Hepatitis C… without ribavirin. Only side effects reported were headache, fatigue, and nausea. Then you will hear a really ‘big cheer’ from the 170 million people who are suffering and dying with this disease.