Trust Issues: A GlaxoSmithKline Scandal
Kamelia D. Sutton
Rasmussen College School of Business Management
Trust issues a GlaxoSmithKline Scandal
GlaxoSmithKline is a global manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare. “GSK’s mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, live longer (GlaxoSmithKline, 2014).” According to GSK “prioritizing ethics and performing with integrity is a priority (GlaxoSmithKline, 2014).” GlaxoSmithKline’s research and development is the center of the organization. When research is conducted it is done so in an ethically high standard along with quality standards. Since GSK is a public ...view middle of the document...
These products although rejected by the FDA were promoted for uses that were not medically accepted by federal health care programs and that the FDA had not approved as safe and effective. Physicians were persuaded to prescribe GSK drugs. Persuasion was brought on through a variety of gifts, payments, trips to Bermuda, Jamaica, spa treatments, hunting trips, and bogus consulting fees.
To hear that one of the top vaccine manufacturer’s has deceived, and fraudulently misrepresented clinical evidence to increase their bottom line is disheartening. Where did GSK’s mission and socially responsible beliefs go? As stated earlier GSK has stated that they are transparent in their research regardless of its outcome and ethical prioritizing and performance with integrity is a priority. These principles seem to have been ignored due to several acts of unethically sound decision making, and socially irresponsible practices. It is unethical to perform clinical trials of a pharmaceutical drug and misrepresent the findings and uses so that the drug can be administered and prescribed to physicians’ patients. The drug Paxil an antidepressant was promoted as safe, and effective for children and adolescents by GSK. The FDA did not approve the use of this drug, and three clinical trials failed to show Paxil’s effectiveness. As a matter of fact the drug Paxil raised concerns due to an increased risk of suicide among patients. If a drug is being tested through clinical trials and the outcome of the trials don’t necessarily meet the company’s expectations the company still has a social responsibility to be forth right and honest in their findings. Dishonesty, could bring detrimental consequences to patients who have been prescribed the drug, such as death. If death were to occur behind acts of dishonesty and unethical fraudulent practices the lives of...