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Media Coverage - 2002

Press Release - 23 April 2002

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 labs.

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 to 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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