August 15, 2011
Fifteen years after it was accused of illegally testing a drug on children, American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer began this week to pay compensation to families in Nigeria.
During an outbreak of meningitis in 1996, Pfizer injected about 200 children with the drug Trovan as part of a clinical trial. Eleven kids died and dozens more developed disabilities.
Trovan was never approved for use by American children, and while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for adults in 1998, the FDA later restricted its use after reports of liver failure in patients. The European Union banned the drug in 1999.