BREAKING NEWS 1,200 acre wildfire reported five miles north of Beatty Full Story

PETA targets UNMC after drug mix-up

The University of Nebraska Medical Center now has unwanted attention from a national organization: PETA.UNMC r...

Posted: Mar 4, 2018 4:19 PM

The University of Nebraska Medical Center now has unwanted attention from a national organization: PETA.

UNMC recently discovered one of the drugs in a study involving monkeys was wrong and now PETA has filed a complaint.

Attending veterinarian, Dr. John Bradfield with UNMC said, "We're still fact finding, we're still under investigation as to exactly what happened and how it happened."

But whatever did happen left five of the ten research monkeys dead.

"What happened was just outrageous, this was extreme neglect," said Dr. Alka Chandna with PETA.

UNMC said there was no neglect at all on their part. The manufacturer made a mistake with the drugs and sent the wrong one.

Dr. Bradfield said no animals were harmed as a result of the mix up.

According to both institutions all ten monkeys were injected with the drug cocktail used for HIV research.

Dr. Chandna said the lives of those five monkeys were wasted.

"They were injected with the wrong drug and consequently any data that's going to come from these experiments is entirely useless."

PETA has since filed two complaints with the US Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

UNMC said their investigation into what happened should be wrapped up soon then they will have a better idea of how it happened and how to prevent it in the future.

Dr. Bradfield said it took nearly five months for researchers to realize the drug was wrong but once they did they immediately stopped the study and reported themselves to the Animal Care and Use Committee.

UNMC has confirmed the remaining five monkeys involved in the study are fine.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 175121

Reported Deaths: 2460
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34937568
Washington23491229
Marion20195299
Clackamas15386204
Lane11591144
Jackson9923127
Umatilla796883
Deschutes712972
Linn416063
Yamhill410175
Klamath349059
Polk344252
Malheur342858
Josephine306362
Douglas304765
Benton273218
Jefferson207032
Coos197531
Columbia154526
Union141624
Lincoln130220
Wasco129128
Hood River112529
Morrow107915
Clatsop8958
Crook88019
Baker85814
Curry5959
Tillamook5813
Lake4137
Grant4124
Harney3066
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3718210

Reported Deaths: 61038
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122899723653
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2947794555
San Diego2749603674
Orange2689624896
Santa Clara1170812013
Kern1078591322
Sacramento1011721646
Fresno1005621646
Alameda853671477
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa67019782
Stanislaus603831028
Tulare49383829
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41157560
San Francisco36032523
Santa Barbara33896446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29696311
Imperial27987719
Kings22774245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16260239
Santa Cruz15571204
Marin13861226
Yolo13580200
Shasta11677217
Butte11573196
El Dorado9719109
Napa966679
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito598663
Lassen566924
Tehama543056
Nevada445775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador362551
Humboldt358737
Lake340943
Glenn235725
Colusa219816
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4247
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned610
Medford
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 48°
Brookings
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 43°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 48°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 48°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 30°
Staying warm this afternoon
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events