I have a clarification to make regarding my previous blog entry about the Chinese Hamster problem facing GlaxoSmithKline and Pozen . Thanks to blog-reader Brian Orelli with www.babybiotechs.comwho caught the error and pointed it out in an email:
"Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are grown in tissue culture and the mega dose of the drug was given to the CHO cells growing in media in a tissue culture dish/flask in an incubator.
"No animals were harmed during the experiment. Although a hamster years ago did sacrifice its life to donate the cells now grown in culture in labs all over the world."
A Pozen spokesperson confirms that no Chinese Hamsters were injected with Trexima or killed in the study. They used the reproduced ovarian cells in Petri dishes.