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MPI Research accused of mistreating animals during preclinical research

Animal welfare watchdog group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), has released documents which, it claims, provide evidence that CRO MPI Research has been operating in violation of the US Animal Welfare Act.

The documents, disclosed to OutsourcingPharma.com by Executive Director of SAEN, Michael Budkie, are said to have been released anonymously from a past or present employee.

They include reports on 16 incidences of fractures received by primates and one swine during handling between 2007 and 2009. Six of the primates and the swine are reported to have been euthanised as a result.

An Animal Welfare Concern Report, which appears to have been written by an MPI Research employee in 2004, describes the ‘ongoing incidences of lacerated fingers, toes and tails that occur during the removal of animals from the home cages for study functions’.

Technicians’ lack of experience with primates and excessive workloads are some of the risk factors for incidences suggested by the anonymous employee.

SAEN’s stance on ‘insufficient’ inspection

Speaking to OutsourcingPharma, Budkie added that “it is important to note that we did not seek out people inside MPI Research. These people have stepped outside of the system because they see that the regulatory system has failed.”

Confronting the fact that MPI Research has already been inspected by the USDA five times since February 2008, without any violations having been found, Budkie added that

either the USDA was unaware of these issues, which would imply drastically insufficient inspections, or they willfully refused to enforce the law.”

Budkie describes the situation as an “overall system-wide problem,” adding that “in most instances any fines that are issued [by the USDA] are small enough as to be virtually meaningless.”

“Labs like MPI Research should be considered major problems for the pharmaceutical industry. If this facility cannot follow federal regulations, if it cannot accurately follow study protocols, [how] can it possibly accurately assess drug safety? These are all meaningful questions that must be asked,” said Budkie.

See Also:
M P I Research, L.L.C., Mattawan, MI
29 Nov 2010 - Watchdog Group Discloses Leaked MPI Research Records; Demands USDA Investigation and Inspector General Audit
Group claims monkey abuse at MPI Research facility takes 'allegations seriously'
Group alleges harm to animals by MPI Research
Animals harmed at MPI, rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now says
MPI Research Responds to Accusations
Letter of Complaint to USDA About MPI Research Facility
Letter of Complaint to OIG About MPI Research Facility
MPI Research Statement
Animal Fracture Database - 2009
Study Director Notification - 2008
Study Director Notification - 2007
Animal Welfare Concern Report - Beagles - 2005
Animal Welfare Concern Report - Primates - 2004

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