Pfizer faces criminal charges and $2 billion fine . . . and what do you think happened to the whistleblower?
Nigeria has brought criminal charges against Pfizer for the company's alleged role in the deaths of children who received an unapproved drug called Trovan during a meningitis epidemic. Authorities filed eight charges, including "criminal conspiracy" and "voluntarily causing grievous harm."
They also filed a civil lawsuit seeking more than $2 billion in damages and restitution from Pfizer. More in Washington Post.
And what do you think happened to the internal Pfizer whistleblower who tried to stop the whole thing?
You got that one right: Pfizer fired his ass.
Read the original story from year 2000 in this article in the Washington Post:
"One Pfizer child disease specialist, Juan Walterspiel, complained that the experiment was too risky – oral Trovan had never been tested on a child, he later alleged in a lawsuit. The suit ultimately was dismissed at the request of the physician and Pfizer; neither side would comment on the litigation for this article."
So, Pfizer settled with Walterspiel.