GSK has been fined a record $3bn for mis-promoting a child anti-depressant drug by paying for medics to enjoy deep-sea fishing, hot air balloon rides and golfing days in Hawaii. The company hoped the practice would mean doctors would prescribe more of their drugs.
Former GSK employees Blair Hamrick, Thomas Gerahty, Matthew Burke and Greg Thorpe will receive the money as part of a centuries old US law which affords whistleblowers a piece of the pie when the proceeds of a fraud are recovered but authorities.
As you might expect, none of the four still works for GSK. And it’s no surprise GSK might be unhappy with them: US prosecutors reckon their evidence helped secure around a third of the $3bn fine. Ouch!