GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) reputation has been battered by a series of “scandals” that have made headlines and destroyed careers. Last year’s high-profile bribery scandal in China, which led to a $489 million fine, along with allegations related to a sex tape, probably put the biggest dent in GSK’s image. However, in the months since the scandal peaked, other allegations of wrong-doing have emerged in GSK’s offices in Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. And looking back to 2012, GSK’s healthcare fraud scandal in the U.S. resulted in criminal charges and a $3 billion fine.
Last week, PatientView released results from a 2014 survey, “The Corporate Reputation of Pharma—from a Patient Perspective,” detailing the views of 76 U.S.-based patient groups on which companies have the best corporate reputation based on six different factors, including integrity.
Of the 11 large, multinational pharmaceutical companies included in the survey, GSK ranked 10th out of 11 overall, and in last place with respect to integrity.
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