Pfizer to Pay $75 Million Fine in “Constant Gardener” Case
One of the most challenging class action cases ever pursued against a pharmaceutical company has resulted in a $75 million settlement by Pfizer, which was accused of illegally testing a drug on African children. During a meningitis epidemic in Nigeria in 1996, Pfizer gave the antibiotic Trovan to children, killing 11 and disabling many more, according to Nigerian authorities, who claimed the drug manufacturer was using the country as a guinea pig for the new therapy. Pfizer officials insisted the deaths and injuries were the result of meningitis, but have agreed nonetheless to settle the case out of court. A final agreement is still to be reached, according to an attorney for the Nigerian government, who said Pfizer is insisting that the country absolve the company of wrongdoing.
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