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Doctor sues for unfair dismissal claiming Roche feared she would blow the whistle

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7539.441 (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:441
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

    A former senior manager at the pharmaceutical company Roche Products is suing the firm for unfair dismissal.

    Ryta Kuzel, 39, former head of UK regulatory affairs at the company, claims that she was sacked because Roche feared she would blow the whistle to the regulatory authorities over alleged irregularities in the firm's involvement with a network of slimming clinics.

    Dr Kuzel, who worked at the company from 2003 to 2005, told the Bedford Employment Tribunal that she was summarily dismissed after allegedly discovering that Roche had been supplying quantities of its weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical) worth £70 …

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