Glaxo faces U.K. criminal probe on top of China investigation

|By:, SA News Editor

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) says it is being investigated by the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office for possible criminal violations in its commercial practices; no additional information was released.

Separately, GSK is being investigated by authorities in China for allegedly bribing doctors, hospitals and government officials to sell more drugs in that country, and allegations have surfaced of wrongdoing by company employees in Iraq, Poland, Jordan and Lebanon.

In December, GSK announced a global policy to stop paying doctors for giving speeches and attending medical meetings.