Romania: Teva investigating allegations by tipster of bribery in Romania

Author(s): Joel Schectman | Date: December 7, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/VzzKH7 | Type: Text

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is investigating claims by an anonymous tipster that the company bribed state healthcare workers in Romania to get them to prescribe its medication, a Teva spokeswoman said.
The internal probe, which has not previously been reported, comes as the Israel-based company prepares to settle U.S. government investigations into alleged bribery in several other countries.
The spokeswoman confirmed the internal investigation was ongoing, but declined to comment on the allegations.
Teva launched the probe in 2015 after an anonymous tipster accused the company of paying Romanian doctors speaking and consulting fees and covering their international travel expenses.
In exchange, the providers recommended Teva’s multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone “to as many patients as possible,” the tipster wrote in a 2015 email sent to Teva’s chief executive and audit committee, which was reviewed by Reuters.

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