Nigerians await Pfizer settlement

Many families who took part in drug trial yet to receive out-of-court award.

Families in the Nigerian state of Kano have been awarded millions of dollars by Pfizer, the world’s biggest drugmaker, in a settlement over a medical trial that allegedly caused deaths and injuries.

Pfizer carried out medical trials in Kano in 1996, when about 200 children were tested with an antibiotic called Trovan, which was supposed to treat meningitis.

Eleven of those tested died soon after, while many others were left with deformities.

Ten years later, the Nigerian government sued Pfizer for $2bn, saying that the company misled Kano state about the unapproved drug.

Pfizer denies any wrongdoing.

An out-of-court settlement was finally reached in July this year, with Pfizer agreeing to pay up to $75m – a fraction of what was sought.

But many families are still waiting to recieve their share of that money.

Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege returned to Kano to meet some of those families.

Source : Al Jazeera

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