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British drug maker GSK says it will stop paying doctors to promote drugs

December 17, 2013 - 1:39 AM

LONDON - British drug company GlaxoSmithKline says it will stop offering financial support to doctors and other health-care professionals to promote its products.

The change comes jmonths after GSK was hit by an ongoing investigation of alleged bribery by its employees in China and signals a major shift in the way the company operates.

Chief Executive Andrew Witty said in a statement reelased Tuesday that the changes are meant to bring "greater clarity and confidence that whenever we talk to a doctor, nurse or other prescriber, it is patients' interests that always come first."

GSK says it will no longer pay health-care professionals to speak on its behalf to audiences that can prescribe medicines and will stop providing financial support to professionals to attend medical conferences.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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