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 Research Watchdog Names Charles River to ‘Worst Labs’ List; As Medical Experts Accuse Lab of Negligence & Incompetence

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Contact:   Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell) 
ATTN: Assignment Desk

WILMINGTON, MA - A panel of medical and veterinary experts has issued damning statements about scientific procedures and animal care as a national research watchdog organization to the 4th spot in a national ranking of criminal labs.

“Charles River is the 4th worst lab in the nation for violations of federal law,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  “An infraction occurs in their labs every other week.”   

At the same time experts in veterinary medicine and research analysis have accused Charles River staff of negligence and incompetence.

“The Charles River Laboratory facilities are in need of immediate oversight to correct current and ongoing negligence,” Michael A. McCoy DVM.

“It is clear from the inspection reports that the IACUC at this institution in 2005 was incapable of carrying out its responsibilities or, worse, was unwilling to do so.  If this is currently the case, animal use at this institution should be terminated until competent, caring and willing individuals are identified and the IACUC is accordingly reconstituted,” Nedim C. Buyukmihci, V.M.D., Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine.

“If researchers are blind to obvious animal suffering, will they record all relevant data thoroughly and accurately?  Importantly, inadequate animal welfare standards greatly compromise the applicability of any data to humans.  Extrapolating data from animals to humans is tenuous at best, and inadequate animal welfare standards add uncontrolled variables, which greatly reduces the likelihood that the data will reliably apply to humans,” Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D., Chair, Medical Research Modernization Committee.


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