Updated on 25 July 2013
"GSK is cooperating fully with the authorities and is absolutely committed to rooting out corruption," he said. GSK would carry out a full review of its Chinese operations and processes, he added.
"I am absolutely willing and ready to go to China, but there are no plans to go yet. GSK has opened up channels to regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. And the company has also consulted with the UK government. I am personally very disappointed by the shameful allegations, but I remain strongly of the view that the 99.9 percent of individuals in this organization are operating in the right way," Dr Witty said.
GSK has been accused by the Ministry of Public Security in China of using travel agencies as vehicles to bribe government officials, hospitals and doctors in order to sell more drugs at higher prices. On July 15 Gao Feng, a top official at the Ministry of Public Security said that Glaxo and the travel agencies exchanged $489 million between them since 2007.