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GlaxoSmithKline to limit payments it makes to US doctors to $150 000 a year

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2315
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    GlaxoSmithKline is to limit the advisory payments and honorariums it offers to doctors in the United States to $150 000 (£96 000; €120 000) a doctor a year. The company has also said that it will publish the amount of money it offers to doctors “without exception,” although doctors’ names will not be published.

    Andrew Witty, chief executive of the company, told the Financial Times, “It’s appropriate that we have a limit on what we pay. In the past, whatever has happened has happened, but in the future there will be strict adherence to these caps, which will be clearer to everybody” (23 Oct, p 22).

    A spokeswoman for the company said that it had no plans to introduce a cap on payments …

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