EDINBURGH West MP Mike Crockart this week threw his weight behind a House of Commons motion calling for greater measures to improve the safety testing of new prescribed drugs.
Adverse side effects from medicines hospitalise a million Britons and kill more than 10,000 every year, making them one of the leading causes of death in Britain.
New safety tests which use state of the art techniques on human tissues and in ultra low dose studies in volunteers, promise to give results more predictive for humans but are currently not required by law.
MP Crockart said: “Too many people are harmed by their medicines, whose safety must be improved. It is essential that the public has absolute confidence in prescribed drugs and if superior tests are available, the law should require them.
“I will do everything I can to hasten the comparison called for in the Safety of Medicines Bill.”