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Nigerian State Sues Pfizer

Mon May 21, 2007 10:50 pm

Quote: Sunday Times

KANO, Nigeria - Nigeria’s largest state has sued US drug firm Pfizer for allegedly using 200 children as "guinea pigs" for a drug test in 1996 that led to multiple deaths and deformities, officials said.
Pfizer was alleged to have administered an untested drug called Trovan Floxacin without authorisation on almost 200 children infected with meningitis in the state.

Eleven of the children reportedly died, while the remaining 181 were said to have suffered from deafness, paralysis, brain damage and blindness.

I personally reserve any comment until there is more information.
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RE: Nigerian State Sues Pfizer

Mon May 21, 2007 10:53 pm

Pfizer probably just got sucked into one of those Nigerian email scams.
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RE: Nigerian State Sues Pfizer

Mon May 21, 2007 11:39 pm

Trovan (trovafloxacin) has been approved since the mid nineties for use in very serious infections.

It does have liver toxicity and thus is approved only for carefully controlled use.

It is most effective on bacterial infections such as meningitis.

What scientific good could have come from a study wherein the participants were not informed that they were guinea pigs?


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