Please Read the Update posted below this Article (E)
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY SIMON
THE LOGO OF PFIZER (SYMBOLIC PICTURE)
In April 2009, Pfizer reportedly reached a tentative agreement on lawsuits regarding the vaccine trials it had conducted in 1996. Pfizer tested Trovan, an oral antibiotic, on children of Nigeria’s Kano state. To avoid the lengthy clinical trial process required by the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer decided to expedite the production of Trovan.
It tested its efficacy on Kano children during a meningitis epidemic, with the aid of the non-profit, Doctors Without Borders. This bypasses national and international standards on medical ethics and put the lives of the Kano children in danger.
Since the testing, there has been one civil suit and one criminal case in both the Kano State and Federal High Courts. The Pfizer lawyers have worked closely with a former Nigerian Head of State on a $75 million settlement. The breakdown of the settlement would provide $10 million for legal fees; $30 million to the Kano State government; and $35 million to participants and families.
The US government was fully aware of the cases against Pfizer in Nigeria and helped Pfizer develop a new framework to conduct future testing in Nigeria. Pfizer considers Nigeria to be a major growth market and is working hard to restore its image there.
- Kano Drug Test Scandal: How Pfizer blackmailed Aondoakaa, by Wikileaks (vanguardngr.com)
- us embassy cables – Pfizer blackmails Nigeria into settling Trovan lawsuit (propagandapress.wordpress.com)
- WikiLeaks: Did Pfizer Use Unethical Tactics to Evade a Clinical Trial Settlement? (dailyfinance.com)
- As doctors fought to save lives, Pfizer flew in drug trial team (guardian.co.uk)
- UPDATE 1-WikiLeaks cables: Pfizer took aim at Nigeria AG (reuters.com)
- WikiLeaks cables: Pfizer took aim at Nigeria Attorney General (reuters.com)
Thanks to Nicole at Doctors Without Borders for bring this to my attention. (E)
This article contains misleading statements and factual inaccuracies about Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). MSF spoke out against Pfizer conducting a clinical trial of the drug Trovan during a meningitis epidemic in 1996. MSF staff were present in the hospital where Pfizer conducted this clinical trial on children suffering from meningitis. MSF the first raise public attention to this incident and in no way participated in the clinical trial conducted by Pfizer in Kano state, Nigeria.
Dr. Jean-Hervé Bradol, former president of MSF France, recently told the Guardian newspaper following false allegations made by Pfizer executives that were published in US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks website: “We have never worked with this family of antibiotic. We don’t use it for meningitis. That is the reason why we were shocked to see this trial in the hospital.”
A full statement on MSF’s work in Nigeria during the time period when this incident occurred can be read at: