A Chinese court has fined GlaxoSmithKline nearly $500 million for bribery. It would seem that wherever GSK is, there we will also find instances of corruption of the very worst kind.
According to The New York Times, “Chinese authorities accused Glaxo of bribing hospitals and doctors, channeling illicit kickbacks through travel agencies and pharmaceutical industry associations — a scheme that brought the company higher drug prices and illegal revenue of more than $150 million. In a rare move, authorities also prosecuted the foreign-born executive who ran Glaxo’s Chinese unit.
After a one-day trial held in secrecy, the court sentenced Glaxo’s British former country manager, Mark Reilly, and four other company managers to potential prison terms of up to four years. The sentences were suspended, allowing the defendants to avoid incarceration if they stay out of trouble, according to Xinhua. The verdict indicated that Mr. Reilly could be promptly deported. The report said they had pleaded guilty and would not appeal.”
For further details about the case, read the full New York Times article here.
What a pity that the corrupt company managers weren’t sent to prison. It would certainly be nothing less than they deserve. Such people truly are the scum of the earth. GlaxoSmithKline seems to have a penchant for employing the scum of the earth. Funny, that. Surely it could have nothing to do with company practices ;)
Child regresses after vaccination
Take a minute to follow this link to CNN iReport and see the striking difference in behaviour in this child after vaccination. Come up with a feasible explanation in your own mind as to what else could have gone on with this child to cause him to lose eye contact and to start flapping his arms.