Pfizer Tested A New Antibiotic

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In 1996, Pfizer tested a new antibiotic called Trovan. Trovan was an antibiotic intended to treat meningococcal meningitis. Pfizer tested it 's new antibiotic on 100 children in Kano, Nigeria, while another 100 children (the control group) were treated with fully vetted antibiotics such as cephalosporin. Trovan had never been tested on children before, and the United States refused to license Trovan due to side effects such as joint pain and liver damage. As a result, five children died. One such child, a three year-old known only as “Patient #69,” became so alarmingly sick, that her father begged the doctors to help her. She continued to be given Trovan, rather than the tried and tested cephalosporin. She died. Many consent forms were found to be falsified, and some families were not informed that they were taking part in a drug trial, a clear violation of the Nuremberg Code and The Declaration of Helsinki. Alarmingly, when the American drug company Pfizer was bought before a New York judge to answer for their ethical and moral violations, the judge decided that the case should be heard in a Nigerian court (Woods & Simkin). Nigeria happens to be one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and its government has little to no international transparency or accountability (Transparency International), and it 's criminal justice system is “blighted by corruption and generally distrusted” (“Amnesty International” 285). There are many more instances of drug companies taking

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