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Roche employee wins partial victory

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:515
  1. Madeline Brettingham
  1. London

    A former senior manager at the pharmaceutical giant Roche has won her claim for unfair dismissal. But it is only a partial victory because a secondary claim of whistle blowing was not upheld.

    Dr Ryta Kuzel, a former head of UK regulatory affairs at the company, which manufactures Herceptin (trastuzumab), Tamiflu (oseltamivir), and Lariam (mefloquine), launched legal proceedings against the firm after they escorted her from the company's premises in March 2005.

    The tribunal's written judgment described Mike Doherty, Roche's head of regulatory affairs, as acting in an “autocratic and irrational manner” and said they were confused as to why Dr Kuzel's actions had justified her …

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