Drug Testing Lawsuit
A federal court in Nigeria has postponed criminal and civil cases against U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, Reuters reports. The Post's Joe Stephens reported in May that Nigerian authorities had filed legal actions in state and federal courts alleging that Pfizer's clinical trial of an antibiotic known as Trovan led to the deaths of 11 children and injured 189 others. Pfizer has argued that the drug trial did no harm and may have saved lives during a 1996 meningitis epidemic. The adjournment in the criminal case was to allow the court time to decide whether Pfizer should be served criminal summons. Separate civil and criminal actions against the company are also underway in a Nigerian state court. The clinical drug trials were the subject of a 2000 Washington Post investigation into the poorly regulated world of corporate drug trials.
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