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There was some clarity on Brexit this week as the MHRA set out a plan for the implantation period set to begin in March 2019. However the murky depths of the pharma industry came to the surface as US congressman Chris Collins was arrested for insider trading while a court case opened by the families of veterans alleged that pharma giants had funded terror in Iraq. 

Meanwhile England’s most senior GP resigned over inflammatory online comments while Allergan filed legal action against Pfizer over the opioid crisis.

GSK now faces UK investigation

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The woes of GlaxoSmithKline look set to continue as the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched a criminal probe into the way the company does business.

This will be a shock for GSK whose reputation is already on shaky ground, which relates to an ongoing controversy in China where the company is accused of using a £320 million fund to offer cash, prostitutes and gifts to doctors.

The company is now under the microscope in several countries, including Iraq.

GSK bribery controversy spreads to Poland

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Poland has become the latest country in a string of bribery claims to hit GSK as it faces legal action for allegedly paying doctors in the country to prescribe its drugs. 

The London-based firm is now facing a criminal investigation in the country as 11 doctors and a GSK regional manager have been charged over alleged corruption between 2010 and 2012.

A former sales rep said doctors were paid to promote GSK’s biggest selling medicine, the asthma drug Seretide (salmeterol xinafoate/fluticasone propionate), in the country.

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