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Drugs company settles lawsuit
Following a lawsuit by American authorities the big British drug company GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay a 2.5 million dollar penalty. It has also agreed to change its ways by publishing all tests results, even if they are negative. This report from Stephen Evans:
Glaxo was accused of not publicising the results of tests on one of its anti-depressants - results which seemed to indicate that the drug might increase the suicidal tendencies in some depressed children who took it. The Attorney-General of New York sued Glaxo and the company has now agreed to publish all test results so doctors have full information before prescribing. It denies doing anything wrong but has also agreed to pay the financial penalty.
The pharmaceuticals industry in general has been accused of only wanting to give full publicity to drug-test results that help sales. The New York Attorney-General's office said Glaxo would now become the industry's standard. The company's difficulty, though, will come if its openness costs it money while its competitors thrive by maintaining secrecy.
Stephen Evans, BBC
publicising the results
The pharmaceuticals industry
the industry's standard