WIKILEAKS RELEASE: Pfizer Dug Dirt on Nigerian Prosecutor in Child Drug Trial Deaths Case
Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, paid investigators to dig up dirt on Nigerian Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa in an attempt to force him to drop federal charges against the company for conducting illegal drug trials on children that resulted in eleven deaths, Wikileaks has revealed.
Leaked State Department cables reveal that a Pfizer manager informed the US embassy in Nigeria that the company planned to “pressure” Aondoakaa in order to avoid criminal and civil court cases in Nigeria.
In 2009, Pfizer was able to reach a tentative settlement with the state of Kano for $75 million.
The drug trial took place during a severe outbreak of meningitis in 1996. Pfizer tested out a new antibiotic called Trovan on 100 children and another drug, ceftriaxone, on another 100 children. The company did this without receiving proper parental consent.
Pfizer also failed to properly document the tests. Eleven children died during the trials, five from Trovan; six from ceftriaxone. Trovan was later pulled from European pharmacies after it was found to cause severe liver problems.
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