Superdrug face backlash against Botox treatment Tested on Animals.
Animal welfare advocates have come down hard on the company Superdrug after they made an announcement that they will begin offering Botox injections.
The Botox treatments will be offered to people aged 25 and older as a part of Superdrug’s new Skin Renew Service. Customers who are interested in receiving Botox will have to go through a telephone consultation first before they are eligible to go into the store for injections offered by a nurse practitioner. (1)
The Botox injections will begin at £99 ($129 USD) at the Strand location before being rolled out to the rest of the nation.
Superdrug, the retail giant, has decided to launch this service “in response to customer demand for anti-wrinkle and skin rejuvenation treatments” according to Caris Newson, Head of Health and Wellbeing services.
She went on to add: “We’re listening to what people are telling us they would like which is the reassurance that if they choose to have aesthetic treatments then it will be administered by highly qualified nurse practitioners in a private consultation room.
“We know from our research among 10,000 customers that feeling confident about how you look is linked to a person’s wellbeing, and that’s different for all of us. For some it might mean having their eyebrows threaded or getting their nails done, for others taking new vitamins or getting fitter, or it might be about smoothing out fine lines.”
Because Superdrug is considered a cruelty-free company, they have come under fire for offering Botox – which has been tested on animals. The RSPCA, an animal welfare group, tweeted: “We are extremely disappointed to hear that Superdrug will be offering Botox-type injections as an anti-wrinkle product. Many people shop at Superdrug due to its ‘cruelty-free’ ethos which makes this all the more disappointing.”
Senior Scientific Manager of RSPCA, Barney Reed added: “Most people having these injections are probably unaware of the animal suffering the testing of these types of products can cause. They would no doubt be horrified to find out that their desire for a wrinkle-free face may lead to lab animals experiencing suffering.”
A spokesperson for Superdrug said that Allergan, the company who currently manufacturers the product it plans to use, is hard at work creating a cruelty-free Botox product.
They went on to add: “Botox is a medicine and as a medicine it is highly regulated. The regulations set out by the MHRA require medicines to be tested at an early stage on animals.
“We have chosen to work with market leaders Allergan, who are developing a cruelty-free test for their products. Their aim is to have 100 percent cruelty-free products ahead of the rest of the market.”