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Margaret O' K. Glavin 6/23/06
Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs
Food & Drug Administration
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Associate Commissioner Glavin,

I am contacting you today to ask for immediate intervention on your part regarding many laboratories including: the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Company (Ridgefield, CT), the Charles River Laboratories Company (Wilmington, MA), the Covance Corporation (laboratories in Pennsylvania and Virginia), Harvard (the University and the Medical School), University of Wisconsin (Madison), University of Connecticut (Farmington), Vanderbilt, Emory, Boston University, McLean Hospital, Scheppens Eye Research Institute, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Stanford, Franklin & Marshall College, the University of New Jersey Medical & Dental School, and Yale.

These facilities violated the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) from 7 27 times in a period of nine months during 2005 (according to documentation from the USDA). While the FDA does not enforce the AWA, the violations incurred by these laboratories have the potential to endanger the lives of people who might consume drugs whose safety testing was performed inside these laboratories. Research protocols are often not followed, animals are kept in unsanitary conditions, expired medications are used in veterinary treatment, and stress from inhumane animal care alters the physiology of the animals. Clearly, these laboratories are not following scientific procedures and their products are potentially unsafe for the American public.

Therefore, I would like to ask you to examine the attached report and the excerpts of USDA documentation contained within it. I believe that you will find this data disturbing in the utmost. I will be happy to provide you with more detailed documentation (i.e. full USDA/APHIS/AC inspection reports for all of these laboratories). Or, you can access this data on our website (listed above).

I ask that all FDA funding for projects at these facilities be immediately suspended pending the outcome of your investigation.

Please contact me in writing with your response to this information.


Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN

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