BEIJING - China's police ministry accused executives of the pharmaceutical supplier GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday of conducting a large, long-running bribery campaign to persuade doctors to prescribe drugs.
Glaxo employees are accused of paying "large bribes" laundered through travel agencies to doctors, hospitals, and others to "open new sales channels and increase drug revenues," said a Public Security Ministry announcement. It said the scheme "lasted a long time" but gave no details.
They also are suspected of tax offenses involving collusion with travel agencies to issue false invoices, the ministry said. It identified the employees only as "high officials" of British-based Glaxo and gave no details of the size of payments or who received them.