GSK Exec Detained by China Police or 'Voluntarily' Helping?

Oct. 16, 2013

Mark Reilly, GlaxoSmithKline's former head of operations in China, remains in China while investigators look into claims that the pharmaceutical giant dispensed up to $490M in bribes to doctors and hospital managers to persuade them to prescribe its drugs.

GSK claims that Reilly is voluntarily assisting anti-bribery authorities in China and is not being detained by Chinese authorities.

However, UK news sources paint a different picture, claiming that Reilly is barred from leaving China and being held in a hotel room in the central city of Changsha.

Sources report that the investigation into GSK has now been put under the direct control of Li Keqiang, the Chinese prime minister.