Police claim executives engaged in bribery and tax-related crimes

Chinese police are investigating GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) over claims of bribery and tax-related crimes. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security alleges that the company engaged in a variety of dubious practices over a sustained period. The Ministry also said in a statement on 11 July that suspects have been arrested and confessed after interrogation. The investigation is ongoing.

A GSK spokesperson confirmed that the company will cooperate with the authorities and is ‘urgently seeking more information’ on the matter.  ‘We continuously monitor our businesses to ensure they meet our strict compliance procedures,’ added the spokesperson. ‘We have done this in China and found no evidence of bribery or corruption of doctors or government officials. However, if evidence of such activity is provided we will of course act swiftly on it.’