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Group.png GlaxoSmithKline  
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FormationDecember 2000
Headquarters980 Great West Rd, Brentford, London, UK
LocationBarnard Castle
Leaders• GlaxoSmithKline/CEO
• GlaxoSmithKline/Director
Interest ofHuman Genome Sciences
Member ofFriends of Europe
Sponsor ofThe Vaccine Confidence Project

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been convicted on every inhabited continent of the planet for operating a global bribery racket aimed at doctors, researchers, regulators, politicians, and even law enforcement officials.[1]


The pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline was fined $3bn (£1.9bn) after admitting bribing doctors and encouraging the prescription of unsuitable antidepressants to children. Glaxo also had to admit failing to report safety problems with the diabetes drug Avandia.[2]

The company encouraged sales reps in the US to mis-sell three drugs to doctors and lavished hospitality and kickbacks on those who agreed to write extra prescriptions, including trips to resorts in Bermuda, Jamaica and California.[3]


In 2014, GlaxoSmithKline, Britain’s largest drug company, was accused of bribing doctors to prescribe their medicines in Europe. Doctors in Poland were allegedly paid to promote its asthma drug, Seretide, under the guise of funding for education programme, a former sales rep has claimed. Medics were also said to have been paid for lectures in the country which did not take place.[4]


In early April 2020, GSK teamed up to develop and deploy a COVID-19 vaccine with Xiamen Innovax Biotech.[5]

On 12 April 2020 Dominic Cummings was seen in Castle Barnard during lockdown. Two days later, GSK of Barnard Castle signed an agreement to develop and manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine with Sanofi of France.[6]

2009 Swine Flu

Key scientists behind World Health Organization advice on stockpiling of pandemic flu drugs had financial ties with companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Roche, that stood to profit from these very drugs. The advice prompted many countries around the world into buying up large stocks of Tamiflu, made by Roche, and Relenza manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.[7]

A year after the 2009 swine flu pandemic was declared, massive stocks were left unused in warehouses and governments were attempting to unpick expensive contracts, as the pandemic turned out to be very much less lethal than the WHO predicted.

GSK's swine flu vaccine Pandemrix was given to about 60 million people, most of them children. It was subsequently revealed that this vaccine can cause narcolepsy and cataplexy in about one in 16,000 people, possibly more.

Across Europe, more than 800 children were made ill by the vaccine, 60 in the UK. In the UK, thanks to the legal indemnity granted to GSK for the vaccine, the government picked up the bill and paid approximately £60 million, with each of the 60 victims receiving about £1 million each.[8]


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Document:Why Barnard Castleblog post24 May 2020Craig MurrayOn 12 April 2020 Dominic Cummings was seen in Castle Barnard during lockdown. Two days later, GSK of Barnard Castle signed an agreement to develop and manufacture a vaccine with Sanofi of France.
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