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out animal experimentation"
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday / April 23, 2002
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN research analyst, 513-575-5517
Cincinnati Group Releases NIH Audit - Redundant
Animal Testing Costs Taxpayers $1 Million an Hour
CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati-based group
released an independent audit of the National Institutes of Health
expenditures for animal research today, indicating a massive "waste" of
tax money – perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars annually – on
redundant studies often duplicated in scores of laboratories.
The audit estimates the cost to taxpayers for the wasteful spending at $1
million an hour every day of the year.
The audit, entitled "The Animal Experimentation Scandal," was released
Tuesday (4/23/02). It was authored by Michael Budkie, a national research
analyst with Cincinnati-based SAEN. The audit is available upon request
and can be found at
Mr. Budkie, in the report, details examples where the same, exact research
– all funded by the NIH – is being duplicated in hundreds of different
In one example, there are 450 NIH grants studying cocaine use in rats,
mice or macaque monkeys at a cost to taxpayers of more than $130 million a
year. In another study of neural information processing, there are nearly
200 identical NIH-funded projects costing millions yearly.
Mr. Budkie notes that the numbers of experiments on animals that are
duplicated excessively is increasing. As of 2001, NIH-funded research on
animals included about 30,000 separate projects at a cost of $8.5 billion.
That's in increase, Mr. Budkie said, of more than 18 percent since 1997
and 37.3 percent since 1991.
"A radical restructuring of the NIH grant approval system, and the Animal
Care & Use Committee system are necessary prevent further waste of federal
tax dollars," said Mr. Budkie.
He called for Congress to commission a General Accounting Office audit of
the NIH grant system, and correlate research contract data to examine the
issue of duplication within the NIH.
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