Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Elephant Man Drug Trial Victim Set to Win [Pounds Sterling]2m Payout for Injuries; Horrific Damage: Plumber Ryan Wilson Lost All His Toes and the Tips of Several Fingers after Taking Part in the Parexel Drug Trial

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Elephant Man Drug Trial Victim Set to Win [Pounds Sterling]2m Payout for Injuries; Horrific Damage: Plumber Ryan Wilson Lost All His Toes and the Tips of Several Fingers after Taking Part in the Parexel Drug Trial

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

A VICTIM of the "Elephant Man" drug trial is set to receive more than [pounds sterling]2million for his horrific injuries, the Evening Standard can reveal.

Lawyers acting for Ryan Wilson are close to reaching a settlement with a drugtesting company two years after he almost died.

Mr Wilson, 22, from Highbury, has had to have all his toes amputated and thetips of several fingers removed following the disastrous drug trial. Hisinjuries have wrecked his career as a plumber and left him unable to work.

Mr Wilson's battle for compensation goes to an independent hearing next monthat which the American company Parexel is expected to offer just over [pounds sterling]2million.

The six men who took the experimental pharmaceutical drug TGN 1412 sufferedcatastrophic organ failure.

Mr Wilson suffered by far the most serious physical injuries, although theother five human "guinea pigs" are set to receive several hundred thousandpounds each following the trial at Parexel's clinic at Northwick Park Hospitalon 13 March 2006.

The head of one of the men swelled so severely he was dubbed the "Elephant Man"by his girlfriend after she visited him in hospital, while others fear longtermhealth risks such as cancer.

Mr Wilson's lawyer Auriana Griffiths said today: "We are hopeful the case willfinally settle. The case for damages will be assessed independently by a QCnext month. I just hope for everybody's sake we can now wrap things up asquickly as possible.

"As to the size of Ryan's claim I cannot comment. It is confidential." Sourceshave suggested that Parexel has indicated after two years of negotiation awillingness to compensate the men and that it is offering around [pounds sterling]2 million toMr Wilson.

But its refusal to offer a settlement earlier or to accept any blame for whatwent wrong has angered the menwho were each paid [pounds sterling]2,000 to test TGN1412, billed as a possible wonder cure forarthritis, multiple sclerosis and leukaemia. …

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