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Botox and Animal Testing

Posted Jul 25 2011 12:00am

It’s good news that Botox wrinkle treatment makers, Allergan Inc., have doggedly pursued the development of a new test for its Botox production line.

Up to now, each batch has been tested on live animals to comply with US Food and Drug Administration – FDA – rules.  But Allergan scientists have painstakingly worked for 10 years to perfect a test on cells in a lab dish.

“Our hat is off to the company,” says Martin Stephens, vice president for animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being more humane, these experiments often promise better results more quickly and cheaply than the classic tests with mice or rabbits.

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