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.
US drugmaker Pfizer hired investigators to find evidence of corruption against the then Nigerian attorney-general to convince him to drop legal action against the company over a drug trial, the UK's Guardian newspaper has reported, citing leaked US diplomatic cables. Nigeria's Kano state sued the world's largest drugmaker in May 2007 for $2bn in damages over testing of the meningitis drug, Trovan, which state authorities said killed 11 children and left dozens disabled.