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It’s quite brilliant if you think about it.
Obviously you could never get away with testing dangerous drugs on children in the U.S. or Europe. But really…would anybody even notice–or care–if you used the children of Nigeria as guinea pigs for experimental drugs?
Or at least that’s what the evil geniuses at Pfizer might’ve been thinking.
1996: Eleven children died and many were disabled when Pfizer researchers tested a new antibiotic called Trovan on kids with meningitis
Pfizer’s ethical track record, we can assume that nothing embarrasses these dirtbags.
As you’ll see in a moment, the diplomatic cable exposed some dirty dealing that would make you or me (or any human) feel deeply ashamed and disgusted with ourselves. So how did Pfizer executives respond? They sent out a spokesperson who basically said, “Blah, blah, blah. Deny, deny, deny.” And that was that. “Crisis” averted!
1999: The European Union banned Trovan.
2000: The Washington Post reported that Pfizer produced a letter from a Nigerian ethics committee that approved the research before the 1996 trial. But the letter turned out to be fabricated by a Pfizer researcher who falsely backdated the letter.
2006: A Nigerian panel concluded that the Pfizer trial was an “illegal” test of an “unregistered drug.” The panel called the trial a “clear case of exploitation of the ignorant.”
2007: Nigeria filed lawsuits against Pfizer that included homicide and other criminal counts. The legal action sought about $9 billion in restitution and damages.
2010: Pfizer finally settled the suits for about $75 million. All criminal charges were dropped.
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People with haemophilia in Taiwan are appealing a decision by the US courts that says they cannot sue a multinational drugs firm in the United States over allegations that they contracted HIV from contaminated blood products that the company knowingly dumped in Asia.
PARIS—Servier, the pharmaceutical company at the heart of a massive medical scandal in France, suffered several fresh blows to its credibility this week. Yesterday, a newspaper revealed that the company has come under fire from Europe's medicine watchdog for the way it studied the side effects of its drugs after they reached the market. Meanwhile, leaked court testimony by two former company scientists suggests that Servier deleted unfavorable information from the files with which it sought regulatory approval for Mediator, its diabetes drug, in the 1970s.