Glaxo Accepts Bribing Charges

GlaxoSmithKlineIn a recent report, it has been revealed that the pharmaceutical group Glaxo has confirmed of bribing doctors to prescribe their three drugs. The company admitted the same in a district court of Boston, United States.

It has been found that in order to increase the sale of two anti-depressants Paxil and Wellbutrin and asthma drug Advair, the company bribed doctors and other medical authorities to prescribe these three drugs. In return, they promised them to treat them with trips to exotic places, like Bermuda, Jamaica and California.

In addition, it has been revealed that the company got so hyper to promote its three drugs that it paid experts up to $2500b at the time when they spoke about the three drugs on their conferences. Not only this, they provided five star accommodations to people, who would be speaking about their drugs at meetings.

Bribing did not end there, as they even paid journalists, so they could write paid articles on its drugs. Andrew Witty, who is the chief executive of Glaxo, said, “On behalf of GlaxoSmithKline I want to express our regret and reiterate that we have learnt from the mistakes”.

The company has been asked to pay $3-billion in form of fine, but experts said that it is too less than being earned by the company.