Updated on 13 September 2013
Two groups of doctors attended meetings organized by Sino Biopharmaceutical in China and then left on sponsored trips according to state-run Chinese Central Television that alleged bribery at a unit of the drug maker
Singapore: The state-owned television network in China, the Chinese Central Television (CCTV) has alleged that bribery is rife at a unit of domestic drug maker Sino Biopharmaceutical. The report claimed that a majority owned subsidiary of the company had paid for illegal overseas trips for doctors.
The report claimed that two groups of doctors attended 50-minute meetings organized by the company in China and then left on sponsored trips. The TV report referred to Jiangsu Chia Tai-Tianqing, one of 23 ‘principal subsidiaries' listed by Sino Biopharm in its 2012 annual report.
CCTV is said to have cited a company insider and showed undercover footage indicating sales staff had paid about $1,100 (6,500 yuan) per doctor on certain overseas trips and the network reported that those junkets could be interpreted as illegal bribes.
The broadcast also included images of a company invitation to one confab, scheduled for August 21 that said, "After the meeting, Chia Tai Tianqing's Tiance products group has prepared an exciting and comfortable trip for you to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We believe this medical meeting will leave you with deep and beautiful memories."
Reacting to the broadcasted report, Sino Biopharmaceutical said that it has sent an internal team to investigate the allegations. The company spokesperson claimed that a statement would be issued once there is more clarity on the matter.