BBC report says GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors in Poland to get more drug prescriptions

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LONDON – 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 co-operating 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.

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