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16 Okt 2014

Joe Nwankwo, Daily Independent (Nigeria)

Nigeria: Ruling on lawsuit against Pfizer over damages caused by alleged illegal drug testing scheduled for October

"Nigeria: Court Fixes October 27 for Ruling On Pfizer's Trovan Case", 14 Oct 2014

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, on Monday, fixed October 27 for ruling in a case filed against pharmaceutical giants, Pfizer, by 186 plaintiffs allegedly affected by an experimental drug, Trovan, on about 200 children in 1996 in Kano...At the resumed hearing of the matter, Pfizer through its lawyer, Anthony Idigbe, had challenged the amended writ of summons and statement of claim filed on behalf of the plaintiffs...Pfizer told the court that the plaintiffs cannot change the fact in the middle of the argument. Pfizer, according to Idigbe, had reconstructed and tried to restructure the facts of the case. According to Pfizer, "this new and latest legal action before the FCT High Court, Abuja, is completely groundless and prohibited by unconditional releases signed by these same plaintiffs and delivered to Pfizer as a condition of their resolution of similar past litigation."