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Friday, June 13, 2008

Outsourcing Animal Testing to India and China

Western pharmaceutical companies are outsourcing their animal testing, along with other activities to China and India.
Through detailed interviews with executives of 16 pharmaceutical firms in China and India on their business models, value-chain activities, partnerships and technology capabilities, the researchers concluded that Indian and Chinese companies are making strides in most of the lucrative segments of global value chains.

In less lucrative segments such as preclinical testing, animal experimentation and manufacturing, Chinese firms appear to be more prevalent while India is a more mature venue for chemistry and drug-discovery activities.
I can't think of a better way for western companies to hide this kind of activity. Given China's horrendous record on animal welfare, I imagine conditions for these animals are that much worse.

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