05 Jul '11, 8am

FDA Approves Alternative to Animal Testing for Botox | Care2 Causes

FDA Approves Alternative to Animal Testing for Botox | Care2 Causes

The healthcare company Allergan has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its in-vitro, cell-based assay for testing its own brand BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) and BOTOX Cosmetic, which the company estimates will lead to a 95% reduction in animal tests over the next three years. Organizations including the British Union of Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) are applauding Allergan’s announcement after working hard campaigning to end the use of animals in botox tests. “We welcome this latest development. It is totally unacceptable that animals should continue to pay for our vanity by suffering and dying in these horrendous tests,” said BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew. The new assay will be put into effect immediately to test the stability and potency of its product. According to Allerge...

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