Chinese police Wednesday charged the British former boss of GlaxoSmithKline's China unit and two other company executives with corruption for bribing health officials and doctors.
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It has been typical under PRC law for bribe takers to be punished more severely than bribe givers. The policy was to punish extortion and incentivize cooperation with government investigations. But as recent investigations into the sales practices of big pharmaceutical companies have shown, this policy may be changing.
Pharmas have told their sales teams to halt all activity in China to avoid being caught in the nationwide “enforcement storm,” according to the Guangdong-based Yangcheng Evening News.
China state media reported Friday that police have detained 18 more people in the growing bribery investigation of U.K. drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.
In just ten days, Gaozhou People’s Hospital in Guangdong Province went from being held up as a model of affordable, corruption-free healthcare to the subject of a graft investigation led by a special task force.
At least 350 doctors in Croatia are being targeted by investigators on suspicions of taking bribes from a local drug maker.
The Shanghai Health Bureau announced plans to more widely implement software designed to identify corrupt doctors through their prescription habits.