Federal Appeals Court Restores Lawsuit Against Pfizer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email


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Friday, January 30, 2009

A federal appeals court says lawsuits brought by Nigerian families against Pfizer over the drugmaker's testing of an antibiotic to treat meningitis can go forward.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday restored two lawsuits that had been tossed out by a lower court judge.

The appeals court said it seemed proper to bring the lawsuits in the United States.

The lawsuits sought unspecified damages on behalf of children who were part of a study of the oral antibiotic.

The testing of the antibiotic, Trovan, was done on children and infants in 1996 during a record-breaking meningitis epidemic that killed more than 15,000 Africans.

The lawsuits claimed Pfizer violated international law, federal regulations and medical ethics.

The company's lawyer had no immediate comment.

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