We were startled by the shocking news of the severe neurological injuries suffered by French patients participating in trials for a new drug.  

Animal testing can only take scientists so far and then human trials are needed to understand just how safe a new chemical compound will be for public use.  

No one can deny the  benefits pharmaceuticals have brought to the human race and we can only hope the benefit is balanced against the risk of testing. 

 When you read the warnings on any information sheet provided with a prescription,  please remember that someone in a drug trial suffered those symptoms, and those were weighed against the benefits the drug can provide.