GSK allegations build in Jordan and Lebanon

Share this article:

The list of countries in which GlaxoSmithKline employees are accused of misbehaving now includes Jordan and Lebanon. PMLive reports that a whistleblower alleges “GSK sales staff tried to encourage doctors in Jordan and Lebanon to prescribe medicines... by providing free samples that they could sell at a $70-per-vial profit.”

Thursday's report comes just days after allegations of misconduct in Poland, which followed allegations of misconduct in Iraq.

Glaxo said in a statement that the company is investigating local operations and that it started its investigation when it became aware of the allegations. The drugmaker also noted that it has created channels through which employees can report “when they have concerns...including hotlines and online portals.”

The UK company also said it has been transparent about its operations, noting “last year there were 161 violations relating to breaches of our sales and marketing policies, resulting in 48 dismissals and 113 written warnings.”

GSK also noted “these numbers are very similar to those reported by other companies in our sector.”

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of MMM to post a comment.
close

Next Article in Business Briefs


Reimagining healthcare? We want to hear about it.
 
Submit nominations here for MM&M's first-ever list of the Top 40 Healthcare Transformers

Email Newsletters

MM&M inVISION

More in Business Briefs

Novartis said to be stepping out of HCV

Novartis is said to have relinquished rights to an investigational hep. C treatment, signaling its exit from the therapeutic space, according to a former partner's announcement.

Monday Moves: September 15

Hires and promotions for manufacturers, regulatory and agencies

Kantar acquires Evidências, expands Brazilian presence

The company's acquisition signals the growing importance of understanding the Brazilian healthcare market and evidence-based healthcare management services.