A New Large Scale Trial of Clothianidin

First published in: American Bee Journal, September, 2012

Randy Oliver and Brett Adee

The process for approving a new pesticide is similar to that of approving a new drug.  In the case of a drug, randomized controlled clinical trials are run to demonstrate efficacy and safety.  Then once the drug is approved for use, it essentially undergoes a more extensive “uncontrolled trial,” in which regulators watch for reports of adverse effects, which, if they are problematic, could result in either relabeling of the drug, or its withdrawal from the market.  

Due to reports of adverse effects from the neonicotinoids...