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Bribery 'routine' for foreign pharmaceutical firms in China

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2013 | 7:56 AM

The BBC is reporting that Bribes are routinely paid by major foreign pharmaceutical firms operating in China.



Five drugs salesmen for foreign companies told the BBC their firms paid bribes in order to increase sales of their products.



None of them wanted to be identified, fearing they would lose their jobs.



The revelations come as Beijing widens its investigation into drugs-price fixing amid a bribery scandal engulfing drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline.



China's healthcare spending is expected to more than double by the end of this decade.



By investigating possible drugs price fixing the authorities are hoping to tackle the rising costs.



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