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Glaxo to Pay $20 Million SEC Fine Over Bribery in China

  • China fined pharmaceutical company $489 million for bribery
  • SEC says Glaxo had similar improper conduct in other countries
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GlaxoSmithKline PLC agreed to pay $20 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle allegations that a Chinese subsidiary of the pharmaceutical company bribed foreign officials to increase product sales.

The subsidiary and another joint venture provided the officials with gifts, travel and shopping excursions from at least 2010 to June 2013, according to a statement Friday from the agency. Throughout the period, Glaxo failed to maintain sufficient internal accounting controls and an anti-corruption compliance program, which led to instances of similar improper conduct in other countries, the SEC said.