London Telegraph 
Friday, July 31, 2009
US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay £45 million in an out-of-court settlement over the deaths of 11 Nigerian children during drug trials.
The country’s northern Kano state had accused the company of causing the deaths of the children, and injuring 181 more, during tests of an antibiotic during a meningitis outbreak in 1996.
Pfizer has always denied responsibility, saying that the virus killed the children. The payment will be split between the victims’ families and a local hospital.
Kano state originally sued for up to £3.8 billion but the claim was withdrawn when it became clear there was the chance of a settlement without the need to go to court.
A joint statement from the two parties released in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, yesterday said: “We are pleased to announce that we have reached a final agreement to settle the Trovan litigation between Pfizer and Kano State government.”