Stop botox animal tests

The nerve poison botulinum toxin, better known as the brand name Botox, is used for medical and increasingly for cosmetic applications.

Each batch of botulinum toxin that hits the high street has been tested on hundreds of mice with the controversial Lethal Dose (LD50) poisoning test. Since 2007 Doctors Against Animal Experiments has been running a campaign to replace this cruel test by animal-free test methods.

In 2011 we achieved the first great success. The American company Allergan received an EU-wide approval for an alternative test method for their botox products. The test is based on human cells and does not use any animals. In 2015 and 2018 respectively, the other two major companies, Merz and Ipsen, received approval for their cell assays. Now it is mainly the company Sloan Pharma which sells the botulinum toxin B product Neurobloc still conducting the cruel mouse test. 

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