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Bribes routinely paid by pharmaceutical firms

  • Drugs salesmen for foreign pharmaceutical companies in China have admitted to their firms paying bribes to increase the sales of their products. The risk of losing jobs prevented the five salesmen from revealing their identities.

    One of them said his company paid about $1,000 so that its products are displayed back in the hospital from where they had been removed. The clearance of the product from the shelves was an "embarrassment" for him and the company.

    The sales representative said "I don't deny it happens in foreign companies. It is rare though and only very few people get it." He said the normal procedure for recovering products is complicated. "We looked for a quick way," he said. 

    Achieving the same results in an official way would cost more money and the sales representative said these bribes are signed by his manager himself. 

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