Sanofi says taking China bribery claim "seriously"
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - French drugmaker Sanofi SA said it took "very seriously" allegations published in a Chinese newspaper on Thursday that its staff bribed more than 500 doctors in China in 2007 to raise sales.
An anonymous whistleblower, identified only through a false name "Pei Gen", told the 21st Century Business Herald newspaper that Sanofi staff paid bribes totalling around 1.7 million yuan (S$351,475) to 503 doctors at 79 hospitals in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou in late 2007.
In a statement, Sanofi said it was aware of the report.
"At this time, it would be premature to comment on events that may have occurred in 2007," it said.