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3 Aug 2009

Ross Todd, American Lawyer

Pfizer Settles Drug Testing Case With Nigerian State for $75 Million

Pfizer announced a $75 million settlement with Nigeria's Kano state government to resolve claims that the pharmaceutical company was responsible for the death or disabling of dozens of children in a 1996 clinical study of the Pfizer antibiotic Trovan. Pfizer will establish a $35 million fund for people who participated in the trial, underwrite $30 million in health care initiatives in Kano, and pay $10 million to cover the state's legal costs. In return, the state…agreed to drop all civil and criminal charges against Pfizer, which has always maintained that the deaths and injuries were the result of meningitis, not its drug.