Report: Glaxo Bribed Doctors in Poland
LONDON (AP) — The BBC reports that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland.
A "Panorama" show to air Monday evening quotes a former sales representative for the company saying doctors there were paid to prescribe its drugs. A different representative said doctors were paid to give speeches and then expected to increase prescriptions.
The British drug company faces corruption probes in China and Iraq. It said in a statement it is cooperating with investigators and that one employee had been disciplined in 2011 for inappropriate actions.
In Poland, prosecutors said Monday they are investigating a case in which a foreign pharmaceutical company offered bribes to doctors in central Poland asking them to prescribe their medication. They said 13 doctors have been charged with accepting bribes.