Nigerian Judge Orders Pfizer Arrests
A Nigeria judge has ordered the arrest of three senior Pfizer executives based in the West African country, charging that they failed to appear in court in connection with a $2 billion lawsuit, the Associated Press and other news organizations are reporting. The executives named in the warrants include Ngozi Edozien, the head of Pfizer's Nigerian operation.
The Post's Joe Stephens reported in May that Nigerian authorities had filed legal actions seeking billions of dollars in state and federal courts. The civil and criminal actions allege that Pfizer's clinical trial of an antibiotic known as Trovan led to the deaths of 11 children and injured 189 others. Pfizer denies any wrongdoing and says that the drug trial actually saved lives during a 1996 meningitis epidemic. The clinical drug trial was the subject of a 2000 Washington Post investigation called The Body Hunters, which examined drug trials conducted by American corporations in the poorly regulated developing world.
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