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 Vioxx drug scandal linked to conditions of labs at Washington University, other research facilities, say Watchdog group

Friday October 14, 2005
Contact: Michael Budkie (cell) 513-703-9865


Vioxx drug scandal linked to conditions of labs at Washington University, other research facilities, say Watchdog group

ST. LOUIS An in-depth, investigative report which will be released here Saturday by a U.S. research watchdog organization is expected to provide insight on how the Vioxx drug scandal has been made possible through invalid, taxpayer-funded research at laboratories like those at Washington University.

A news conference to disclose the findings will be held SATURDAY. 10:30 a.m. at Barnes/Jewish Hospital Plaza & Kings Highway.

SAEN, based in Cincinnati, will release the 40-page report, "The Primate Experimentation Scandal, 2005," which is highly critical of the research work at Washington University, which has gobbled up at least 21 research grants worth more than $6.2 million.

The "White Paper" claims that work at WU, as well as similar laboratories, is "meaningless" and invalidates research on drugs like Vioxx because of the conditions endured by research subjects.

SAEN will release internal facility documents, photos, and federal documents which reveal "scandalous" funding for research facilities nationwide, which has led to the waste of hundreds of millions in federal tax dollars.

"Our investigation reveals the same experiments are being funded hundreds of times, wasting hundreds of millions in federal tax dollars," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN's Executive Director and author of the report.

"These facilities are not concerned about science or human health, or protecting people like those effected by Vioxx, and other similar drug failings. This is about attracting funding dollars," added Budkie, who will conduct the news conference Saturday as part of a tour of U.S. research labs.


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