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Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by loma(m): 6:48pm On May 07, 2006

By Joe Stephens Updated: 5:58 a.m. ET May 7, 2006

A panel of Nigerian medical experts has concluded that Pfizer Inc. violated international law during a 1996 epidemic by testing an unapproved drug on children with brain infections at a field hospital.

That finding is detailed in a lengthy Nigerian government report that has remained unreleased for five years, despite inquiries from the children's attorneys and from the media. The Washington Post recently obtained a copy of the confidential report, which is attracting congressional interest. It was provided by a source who asked to remain anonymous because of personal safety concerns.

The report concludes that Pfizer never obtained authorization from the Nigerian government to give the unproven drug to nearly 100 children and infants. Pfizer selected the patients at a field hospital in the city of Kano, where the children had been taken to be treated for an often deadly strain of meningitis. At the time, Doctors Without Borders was dispensing approved antibiotics at the hospital.

Accused of ‘exploitating the ignorant’
Pfizer's experiment was "an illegal trial of an unregistered drug," the Nigerian panel concluded, and a "clear case of exploitation of the ignorant."

Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by adconline(m): 3:00pm On May 31, 2007
Nigeria Files Suit Against Pfizer By AP

(KANO, Nigeria) — Authorities in northern Nigeria have filed a $2 billion civil case and were preparing criminal charges against the US. drug company Pfizer, accusing it of conducting a drug experiment that led to deaths and disabilities in a group of children more than a decade ago, according to court papers.

A notice of intent to file criminal charges, seen Wednesday, was submitted May 9 and the civil case was filed May 17. Officials said the civil suit could open as soon Monday. It was not clear when the criminal case — to be lodged against eight Pfizer officials — would begin, officials said.

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Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by shofu2000(m): 2:55pm On Jul 26, 2007
I think the Nigerian government should take this case serious and use Pfizer as an escape goat. Every other country believes that we do not have a concern government and so they can come into our country and do whatever they like.
Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by zenom: 5:30pm On Jul 26, 2007
About time someone starts suing this manufacturers, they assume Nigeria to be a dumping ground and believe they can get away with anything.
Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by PHBABE(f): 6:23pm On Jul 26, 2007
For real, thats heartless. Nigeria, we don suffer!
Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by chichimma(f): 12:28am On Jul 27, 2007
I hope it does not dies down but seriously be proceeded by the Nigerian government without a pardon and continue to have international attention and coverage. It is time that our government shows that Nigerian people first before others! Foreign people/ organizations cannot just try anything in that country and get away with it! angry "Enough is a Enough" hope the government feels the same way!
Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by deekseen(m): 11:10am On Jul 27, 2007
I am waiting for the final verdict. Shame on Pfizer, they had to wait to be dragged to court.
Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by Nobody: 11:38am On Jul 27, 2007
and some people wonder why northerners refuse drugs from some agencies.

in this case, the perps got caught.this is probably not the first time this sort of thing has happened
Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by uchetobi(f): 11:56am On Jul 27, 2007
This should be taken seriously
Re: Pfizer Faulted Over Drug Trials In Nigeria by MP007(m): 10:57am On Jul 29, 2007
At last , Western pharmatical companies have turned africa into a research lab, african are like "lab rats", from the nuclear bomb test in ethpia, to the biochemical effect on human in sudan , to the alleged sperm killing drugs for children in kaduna, the list goes on and on , its high time we step up as a nation\\

do u know that most african country have there water ways contaminated with banned waste chemical products from europe, some african countries get paid to dump this poisionous waste into there waters, which way africa,

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