OHSU lab charged with 7 violations of federal law; 4 animals slaughtered through negligence

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)
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OHSU lab charged with 7 violations of federal law; 4 animals slaughtered through negligence

PORTLAND, OR – Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) which killed several animals, according to the national research watchdog group SAEN.

The 7 violations amassed by OHSU include unqualified personnel, inadequate veterinary care, improper housing and miscellaneous.

According to government reports, a November 2009 inspection cited an OHSU researcher for administering unapproved toxic compounds to several animals causing their deaths.

An earlier inspection revealed that a female primate died of a severe infection after a fetal death went unnoticed and another primate suffered from serious health issues due to a botched surgery which left a surgical sponge inside the abdomen. Another incident of OHSU incompetence saw surgery performed on the wrong animal.

“Negligence at OHSU has killed several animals” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “This facility should face serious consequences, but the USDA is literally allowing them to get away with murder,” he said.

“If your staff cannot perform simple tasks such as making sure that the correct animal is being used in surgery, or counting surgical supplies to make sure that nothing has been left inside an animal, then something is seriously wrong. How can any of the research results from this facility be given any credence whatsoever,” said Budkie.

The USDA inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.


See Also:
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