The Body Hunters
Pfizer Inc. was sued Wednesday on behalf of 30 Nigerian families who contend that the world's largest drugmaker violated international law during a 1996 meningitis epidemic by experimenting on children without their knowledge or consent.
The Body Hunters: Part 1
Profits and Lives Hang in Balance
A Post investigation into corporate drug tests around the world reveals a booming, poorly regulated system.
The Body Hunters: Part 2
Avoiding the Watchdogs
A global boom in overseas drug experiments is changing the way new drugs are tested and approved.
Drug Reveals System's Flaws
The Body Hunters: Part 3
Failure of Consent
Drug companies often use coercion and trickery to recruit naive, impoverished or uneducated patients in far-flung countries for medical tests.
The Body Hunters: Part 4
Harvesting China's Blood
The same standards that apply to medical testing in developed nations may not provide the same protections to more vulnerable populations.
The Body Hunters: Part 5
Testing's El Dorado
Western drug companies increasingly view Latin America as a major source of subjects for drug experiments.
Costa Rica 'Special' Place for Trials
Life by Luck of the Draw: In Third World Drug Tests, Some Subjects Go Untreated (Post, Dec. 22, 2000)
Pa. Firm Asks FDA To Back Experiment Forbidden in U.S. (Post, Feb. 23, 2001)
HHS Office to Monitor Overseas Research: Rep. Brown Calls For Hill Hearings (Post, Jan. 24, 2001)
Doctors Say Drug Trial's Approval Was Backdated (Post, Jan. 16, 2001)
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