You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Chinese police say Glaxo employees bribed doctors

BEIJING — China accused executives of the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline of conducting a long-running bribery campaign to persuade doctors to prescribe drugs.

GSK employees are accused of paying ‘‘large bribes’’ laundered through travel agencies to doctors, hospitals, and others to ‘‘to open new sales channels and increase drug revenues,’’ the Public Security Ministry said.

Continue reading below

They also are suspected of tax offenses, the ministry said. It identified the employees only as ‘‘high officials’’ of the British company and gave no details of the size of payments or who received them.

‘‘After questioning, the suspects confessed to the crime,’’ the statement said.

GSK said that it would cooperate with the authorities but said Thursday’s announcement was the first official communication it has received about the investigation.

‘‘Corruption has no place in our business,’’ said a company statement. ‘‘If evidence of such activity is provided we would of course act swiftly on it.’’

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.