Friday, July 24, 2009

Phamaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a class action lawsuite filed against it by Nigerian parents who claim the company caused harm to their children by using them as guinea pigs in a nonconsensual, unlicenses drug trial.

The case began in 1996, when Pfizer needed a human trail to gain approval for its new antibiotic Trovan. When an epidemic of meningitis, cholera and measles broke out in Kano, Nigeria, the company quickly put together a research team and flew them to that country. Pfizer set up a tent right near the medical station where Doctors Without Borders were giving free treatments and recruited 200 children to participate in an unlicense drug trial.