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Nigerian judge orders arrests of Pfizer officials

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:11
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

    A Nigerian judge has ordered the arrests of three Pfizer officials for failing to attend court to respond to criminal charges against Pfizer for treating children with an experimental drug during a deadly meningitis outbreak in Kano, Nigeria, in 1996.

    Judge Shehu Atiku in Kano ordered arrest warrants for the head of Pfizer in Nigeria, Ngozi Edozien, and the senior officials Lare Baale and Segun Donguro, after they failed to attend court on 6 November.

    Government prosecutors in Nigeria say that Pfizer used critically ill children as “guinea pigs” to study Pfizer’s experimental drug trovafloxacin. Four …

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