Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pfizer Tested Drugs on Children

In April 2009, Pfizer reportedly reached a tentative agreement on lawsuits regarding the vaccine trials it had conducted in 1996. Pfizer tested Trovan, an oral antibiotic, on children of Nigeria’s Kano state. To avoid the lengthy clinical trial process required by the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer decided to expedite the production of Trovan.

It tested its efficacy on Kano children during a meningitis epidemic, with the aid of the non-profit, Doctors Without Borders. This bypasses national and international standards on medical ethics and put the lives of the Kano children in danger.'



  1. This article contains misleading statements and factual inaccuracies about Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). MSF spoke out against Pfizer conducting a clinical trial of the drug Trovan during a meningitis epidemic in 1996. MSF staff were present in the hospital where Pfizer conducted this clinical trial on children suffering from meningitis. MSF the first raise public attention to this incident and in no way participated in the clinical trial conducted by Pfizer in Kano state, Nigeria.

    Dr. Jean-Hervé Bradol, former president of MSF France, recently told the Guardian newspaper following false allegations made by Pfizer executives that were published in US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks website: “We have never worked with this family of antibiotic. We don’t use it for meningitis. That is the reason why we were shocked to see this trial in the hospital.”

    A full statement on MSF’s work in Nigeria during the time period when this incident occurred can be read at:

  2. I work for Premier Research and I have seen firsthand the inconsistency in drug trials and what passes for acceptable adverse events for Pfizer and Novartis. These companies are evil, uncaring, unfeeling. They must be shut down to protect humanity!


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