GSK paid doctors and sponsors $2m

GLAXOSMITHKLINE Australia (GSK) has revealed it last year paid more than $2 million to Australian healthcare professionals and organisations in sponsorships, grants and fees for speaking and consulting.

GSK has become the first pharmaceutical company in Australia to make such information publicly available, and experts are hoping the move will encourage others to do so.

“GSK are putting themselves one step ahead of their competitors with this announcement,” said Associate Professor Jon Jureidini, spokesperson for Healthy Skepticism. However, he added more information was still needed.

“The next step would be to see the people and organisations who have received this money,” he said. “It’s one thing to say someone has been the recipient of an educational grant, but we need more information about how much the grant was, when it was given and what were the terms.”

The $2 million figure included