The EU is so far ahead of the US when it comes to developing alternative testing methods, it's embarrassing. It has gone so far as to establish a website for tracking the development of methods to replace, reduce, and refine current animal testing in EU nations. It's called TSAR (Tracking System for Alternative test methods Review, Validation and Approval in the Context of EU Regulations on Chemicals).
I need to study the site myself. I'm no scientist, and it requires additional research, but I'm getting involved in these issues more. I'm frustrated and angry with the arrogant, holier-than-thou scientific community that claims "people come first" when it comes to animal testing, but "profit comes first" when it comes to actually caring for the public's health and providing them with affordable drugs.
They talk out of both sides of their you-know-what.