It's official: Pfizer has settled the Nigerian Trovan case for $75 million. Nigerian kleptocrats will probably take about $40 million of that settlement, according to the deal structure described by Reuters.
- UPDATE: Pfizer confirmed the deal. See the company's statement below.
Back story: The case stems from tests Pfizer did in 1996 during a meningitis outbreak in the African nation. Eleven children died. Trovan's use was restricted in the U.S. and banned in Europe. The events may have inspired the book and movie, The Constant Gardener. Here's how the $75 million will break down:
- $35 million of the settlement is slated to go to a fund that would provide payments to eligible people who participated in the Trovan study.
- $30 million of the settlement would be set aside for healthcare initiatives chosen by the Kano State government.
- $10 million of the settlement would be used to reimburse Kano State for legal costs associated with the lawsuit.
UPDATE: Pfizer says there will be some oversight on the Kano State initiatives:
Kano State and Pfizer will name a separate six-member board to oversee the $30 million allocated to support health initiatives designated by Kano State.
- See previous BNET stories on the Pfizer Trovan case:
- Pfizer's Trovan Settlement Demands Irk Nigerian Kleptocrats
- Pfizer Settlement in Trovan Case Interrupted by Judge Who Wants Fairness Hearing
- Pfizer's Flip-Flop on the Trovan Settlement
- Pfizer Close to Settling Trovan Case in Nigeria? Perhaps Not
- Claim: LeCarre's "The Constant Gardener" Was Based on Pfizer Trovan Case
- NEJM: Foreign Drug Trials Could Hurt U.S. Patients
- India to Regulate Clinical Drug Trials by Foreign Companies
- Body Count Linked to GSK Vaccine Trial Rises
- Pfizer Trovan Case: Doctor Sues Over Link to Nigerian Attorney General Who Allegedly Wants Slice of Settlement