United Kingdom: NHS official and GP appear in court accused of accepting £75k between them in bribes to promote specific drugs

A senior NHS official and a GP appeared in court on Monday accused of accepting more than £75,000 between them in bribes to promote specific drug companies and their products to GPs.

Paul Jerram and Dr David Turner are accused of accepting payments to set up meetings between pharmaceutical companies and ‘advisory boards’ responsible for deciding which drugs are used by GPs and hospitals.

Jerram’s alleged activities first came to light in 2015 as a result of an undercover Daily Telegraph investigation.

The Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority launched an investigation and Jerram, who was head of medicines management for the Isle of Wight’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), was suspended.

The original full article can be found at telegraph.co.uk

(Photo:  Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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