Drug Testing in Nigeria
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Who is Pfizer? And what did they want?
A pharmacurtical company wanting to test their new drug "Trovan" an anti-infectve pill in Nigeria
What are the main arguments in defense of Pfizer?
- bacterial menengitus leaves people with defects so it wasn't the drug's fault
- In the US 10-12% of menengitus patients die
- Already in phase 3 of testing
- humanitarian intentions
- donated money for medical supplies
- paid for extra treatmenat
- recieved written authorization from national agencies
What are the main arguments against Pfizer?
- thousands of lawsuits against them
- largest criminal fine ever paid
- unsanitary hospital
- had not tested Trovan on this strain of menengitus
- many left with defects
- recieved no written consent
- paid Nigerians to be quiet
- US supreme court said they could be sued in US too
- never tested on childeren
Declaration of Helsinki
a statement of ethical principles to provide guidance to physicians and other participants in medical research involving human subjects
what are some impostant provisions of the Declaration of Helsinki?
- the subjects must be volunteers and informed participants
- if the subject cant consent, a guardian must
what was the role of the Nigerian gov in the Pfizer case?
- had to submit plans of testing to the ethics comittee of Kano hospital (very unproffessional)
- denounced human rights
- little public health regulations
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