Almost 15 years after the fact, Nigerians are officially allowed to sue Pfizer over the company’s illegal use of a test antibiotic drug on their children. Surprisingly, The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to send the Pfizer (PFE) Trovan case to trial
Pfizer is accused of illegally testing a drug, Trovan, in Nigeria that killed 11 children and injured 181 others during a meningitis epidemic in 1996. Trovan banned in the EU in 1999 and in the U.S, but the FDA still allowed its’ use in adult emergency care.
This compensation case has been dragged out for years in the courts, because Pfizer has the money to do it. There is more at stake.
The heart of the problem that may be exposed is not the fact that people have died,
but that the entire procedure of drug testing on foreign soil may be brought into the light of day.
What will be seen?
- the corporate greed
- the backwoods mentality that it is okay to test new drugs on uneducated poor ignorant third world peoples,
- the pay off of corrupt foreign government officials is condoned
- the fudging the test results is acceptable.
- Once the “test results” are compiled and possibly reviewed by FDA (Federal Drug Administration) -only 1 percent of trials conducted outside the U.S are reviewed.
The trail of greed and corporate manipulation behind the scenes needs to officially be exposed and all parties need to be held accountable.
Americans assume and wrongly so, that all there drugs have been tested under US standards and proven safe.
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