The long running settlement talks finally concluded and GlaxoSmithKline paid $3 Billion dollars in fines to the US government. Along with the various allegations of promoting off-label use of its drugs, the company was also involved in bribing the doctors.
"GSK's sales force bribed physicians to prescribe GSK products using every imaginable form of high priced entertainment, from Hawaiian vacations to paying doctors millions of dollars to go on speaking tours to a European pheasant hunt to tickets to Madonna concerts, and this is just to name a few," said Carmin M. Ortiz, U.S. attorney in Massachusetts.
The most despicable act of Glaxo was to promote Lexapro for use in children. Glaxo had no clinical trials or other data to show that the drug was effective in children!