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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Illegal Testing in Nigeria

In July 2009, Pfizer agreed to pay $75 million to the Nigerian government to settle criminal and civil charges that the company illegally tested an experimental antibiotic called Trovan on children during a 1996 meningitis epidemic. Nigerian authorities claim Pfizer’s test of Trovan, for which it had not properly obtained consent, killed 11 children and disabled many more. In February 2011, Pfizer settled all civil lawsuits filed in the matter for an undisclosed amount.

Misconduct Type
Health
Enforcement Agency
International
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Criminal
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Government Settlement
7/30/2009
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Pfizer, Inc. $75,000,000
Further Information Released
Pfizer Press Release (February 2011) 3/3/2011
Pfizer Press Release (July 2009) 3/25/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database