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Bob Fiddaman’s New Post : ” Lawsuit Alleges GSK’s Witty Lied to the Media – Part I “…


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lawsuit Alleges GSK’s Witty Lied to the Media – Part I

Lawsuit Alleges GSK’s Witty Lied to the Media – Part I  
~ Bob Fiddaman

A 42 page complaint was filed on November 15, 2016, by Peter Humphrey and his wife, Yu Yingzeng, in relation to GSK’s nefarious activities in China which saw the pair incarcerated for around 2 years in Chinese slum-like conditions prison cells.

The complaint delves deep into the whole sordid affair and alleges bribery on a huge scale, more importantly, the complaint alleges that GSK hired the services of Humphrey and Yu in efforts to smokescreen the corruption in China, corruption, according to the complaint, that they had known about for many years. Furthermore, the 42 page document alleges that GSK’s CEO, Andrew Witty, lied to the media when he was asked about the corruption in China.

Humphrey and Yingzeng were the founders of ChinaWhys, a professional-services consultancy that specializes in discreet risk mitigation solutions, consulting and investigation services to corporate clients in matters of high sensitivity across Greater China and the Asia Pacific.

On April 15, 2013, Humphrey met with GSK’s Head of Chinese operations, Mark Reilly, April Zhao, GSK China legal counsel and Brian Cahill, also GSK legal counsel. It was at this meeting that Humphrey was told that GSK had been sent a series of emails from a whistleblower alleging widespread corruption – GSK told Humphrey that they believed they knew who the whistleblower was.

Vivian Shi had previously worked for GSK as a government affairs director, GSK had terminated her services with them in December 2012. According to the complaint GSK claimed that Shi had orchestrated a “smear campaign” against GSK involving a total of 23 emails that had been sent to Chinese officials throughout the country, a letter had also been sent to GSK’s ‘top management’ alleging widespread corruption in GSK’s pharmaceutical and vaccine business that had been approved by GSK China’s senior management.

These were allegations brought to Humphreys attention just months after GSK had been fined a record breaking $3 billion by the Department of Justice in America – the fine was handed down after a guilty plea by GSK who, after the settlement, entered into a five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. The agreement requires enhanced accountability, increased transparency and wide- ranging monitoring activities conducted by both internal and independent external reviewers.

One month after meeting with GSK officials Humphrey was told that GSK’s global CEO, Andrew Witty, had been made aware that GSK had been using a travel agent to channel kickback to customers and doctors throughout China. Days after Witty had been made aware, the whistleblower also sent a video to him and other senior management that showed GSK China’s Mark Reilly engaged in sexual activity – Reilly later claimed that the woman in the video was his “regular girlfriend”.

GSK officials told Humphrey that they had launched their own internal inquiry regarding the whistleblower allegation and that they were false. They told Humphrey, “There is nothing there”. This, according to the complaint, was a lie.

Humphrey and his wife offered to investigate the whistleblower allegations but GSK declined the offer, opting instead for Humphrey to investigate Vivian Shi, the woman they believed was the whistleblower.

Two months after Humphrey and Yu started their background search of Vivian Shi, GSK received another letter from the whistleblower alleging that GSK China continues to engage in systematic bribery of doctors, this email focused on GSK China’s botox business whereby the whistleblower claimed that…

GSK had a ‘pay to prescribe’ scheme that funneled money through a central source at Beijing Medical College whereby ‘lecture fee payments’ were made to doctors who could “…incentivize and reward doctors for prescribing Botox.”

At no point did GSK show either Humphrey or Yu this letter.

On June 12, 2013, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) ran an article highlighting GSK China’s massive bribery network. In July of that year 4 senior GSK China executives were arrested and, according to Humphrey’s filed complaint, GSK CEO, Andrew Witty told the worlds media that “…it appears that certain senior executives in the Chinese business have acted outside of our processes and our controls to both defraud the company and Chinese healthcare system.” Witty also claimed that GSK’s Head office in London lacked knowledge of the whistleblower allegations and “had no sense of this issue.”

According to the complaint, this made no sense as since the previous month GSK did, indeed, “have a sense” of the issue since it announced its 4 month internal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption in China and found “No evidence of corruption or bribery.”

The complaint states…

Witty argued, nonsensically, that the previous whistleblower allegations were “quite different” from the more recent charges, saying, “they are two completely different sets of issues, we fully investigated the first and, of course, this has now surfaced in the last couple of weeks.”

This was a lie, since “what surfaced” in the PSB investigation and raids of GSK offices in July was precisely the illegal activity that the whistleblower had documented and threatened to reveal in January.

The complaint was filed in The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Humphrey and Yu are represented by Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

**Coming in Part 2**
– A full and comprehensive list of the allegations made by Peter Humphrey and Yu.
– GSK ask Humphrey to ‘overtly’ obstruct the Chinese government investigation.
– Evidence, including emails, to be destroyed as not to implicate any wrong-doing by the company.

Bob Fiddaman

Back stories.

Glaxo – The Sex Tape Scandal

GSK’s Mark Reilly Accused of Running a “massive bribery network”

I’m Just a Blogger – Here’s GSK Served on Prawn Crackers

GSK Hiked Product Prices to Fund Bribery Scam

GSK’s Sales Reps Want Their Money Back

GSK’s Private Investigator [The Video]

Peter Humphrey’s 2012 Presentation – Pharma Bribery

GSK’s Chinese Whispers and David Cameron

“GSK were really cagey”, Claims Whitehall Official.

Glaxo Hire Ropes & Gray to Delve Into its Chinese Operations.

GSK CHINA – Bribery was Rife 13 Years Ago

Witty Plays Down China Scandal

Witty Witty Bang Wang. The Glaxo Gangbang…Allegedly

Book Your Holidays With GSK Travel

Andrew Witty… I know narrrrrrrrthing

The Penny Drops for GSK’s Private Investigator.

GSK China Bought Patient’s Silence for $9,000


A Big Welcome To GSK’s New CEO… Emma Walmsley…

GSK welcomed a new CEO today– Emma Walmsley. Emma owns in excess of 200,000 GSK shares, and at £16 quid a share, she’ll be rolling in dough in no time, so you can be sure she’ll be looking after GSK’s interests just as as good as Andrew and JP did… the GSK cash cow’s gotta keep on rolling… never mind the harm drugs such as Seroxat cause vulnerable people… just make damn sure that cash keeps rolling in…

Do you think GSK’s corporate culture is going to change now that a woman is going to be in charge when Mr Witty leaves GSK in 2017?

Simple answer: “money is the root of all evil”…

See Whistleblower Greg Thorpe’s Department of Justice complaint (link below) for a colossal lesson in the meaning of that phrase…



Image kindly borrowed from https://twitter.com/NeLLLieBly

GSK CEO, Andrew Witty Says: “Occassionally We Make Mistakes”…


“…Then you’ve got actually, we do occasionally make mistakes. Things go wrong. We have inevitably of course, we go through all the processes with the regulators to get a drug to be as safe and effective as it can possibly be. But the reality is, every time a human takes a drug, it’s like a clinical trial. You don’t really know what’s going to happen. Everybody can react a different way…”

I’m sure most people would be familiar with the film ‘The Devils Advocate’ with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. In the movie, Reeves is groomed into his dark corporate role by the Machiavellian Pacino- his boss and mentor. Unfortunately for Reeves his deal with the devil turns out to be just that.

‘The Devils Advocate’ is of course, a work of fiction, however, if you read though the stories and scandals of GSK over the past decade you could be forgiven for thinking you were reading a work of fiction; such is the scale and depth of GSK’s nefarious and suspect activities.

From tax evasion, dodgy factories spewing out defective and contaminated products, to bribery, fraud, prostitutes in China (and that’s not just the doctors on the payroll), corruption, suppression of side effects of their meds – resulting in killing of consumers, Serious Fraud Office investigations, Department of Justice investigations, pay for delay deals, etc etc.

The list goes on… and on… and on….

GSK are as insidiously and (dare I say it)- as evil – as you would imagine any multi-billion dollar international corporation to be…

But scarily- for you (and for me, and for the public)- GSK are real, they are not fiction and they make your toothpaste such as sensodyne, and your kids drinks like Ribena and Lucozade, as well some some really dodgy drugs like Seroxat, Avandia, Imitrex and Pandemrix…

And lets not forget the barbaric Myodil.


GSK is recalling dozens of lots–3,977,252 tubes–made up of different varieties of Biotene and Sensodyne toothpaste, from the U.S., Puerto Rico and Taiwan. According to the FDA‘s most recent Enforcement Report, “fragments of wood were found when the product was extruded onto a toothbrush.” The toothpaste was actually manufactured for GSK by Oratech, a Utah-based contractor.


“….The makers of two of Britain’s best-selling soft drinks, Lucozade and Irn-Bru, have been forced to warn parents that the drinks may cause hyperactivity. A newly introduced EU law compels both drinks to display a warning that they contain artificial colours linked to behavioural problems in young children..”


“…An influential study which claimed that an antidepressant drug was safe for children and adolescents failed to report the true numbers of young people who thought of killing themselves while on it, re-analysis of the trial has found

Study 329, into the effects of GlaxoSmithKline’s drug paroxetine on under-18s, was published in 2001 and later found to be flawed. In 2003, the UK drug regulator instructed doctors not to prescribe paroxetine – sold as Seroxat in the UK and Paxil in the US – to adolescents…”


“..The most likely explanation: the leadership of the division of the FDA responsible for drug regulation, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), is seeking to avoid accountability for its role in the Avandia tragedy. In 2005 and 2006, GSK secretly conducted an analysis of the cardiovascular safety of Avandia and concluded that the drug increased the risk of heart attacks and related events by about 30%. This observation had grave implications: two thirds of diabetics, the intended recipients of the drug, eventually die of cardiovascular complications. Initially, GSK withheld the internal analysis from the FDA, but in 2006, the company informed CDER of the findings. FDA statisticians confirmed the risks, but, incredibly, CDER and GSK agreed privately to conceal this hazard from patients and practitioners…”

So be very careful when you ingest a GSK product because GSK are notoriously known for not telling you the truth about the products they sell you…

And even if the GSK label says the side effects are blah, blah, blah… don’t rely on them to be honest in the PIL either..  they often omit a lot of the truth..  they are notorious for lying and deceiving, often adding side effects (for years later) to their products’ information leaflets- long after millions of people have ingested them…

It’s easy to say, GSK are greedy, sociopathic, evil and callous, and they are (because most multi-billion dollar corporations are- they have to be because capitalism encourages them to be). However, it’s also easy to forget that GSK are a corporation run by people making the decisions for the company.

So could we then apply the same characteristics of greedy, sociopathic, evil and callous to the people running GSK?

Perhaps, in some cases, justifiably we can..

Take for example  (outgoing) GSK CEO Andrew Witty…

Before he was crowned CEO of GSK, Witty had worked in a number of roles in the company- many of them high level.

Witty once promoted the highly controversial Zyban (an anti-smoking drug)-  (also known as  Wellbutrin and promoted as an anti-depressant):

LONDON, UK — January 16, 2007

“Wellbutrin XR is an important new medicine for doctors and patients in Europe,” comments Andrew Witty, president, GSK Pharmaceuticals, Europe.

“Depression can be a crippling condition that is often difficult to treat.

With its unique mode of action, Wellbutrin XR offers a real alternative to the depressed patient.

We hope its profile will help patients stay on their therapy, which would address a significant unmet need in the area of antidepressants.”


“…It is even hard to say who is the leading candidate within the core pharmaceutical business. Is it Abbas Hussain, head of the division, or Patrick Vallance, head of research and development? And perhaps Emma Walmsley, boss of consumer healthcare, a bigger unit after being beefed via a shuffle of assets with Novartis, is a decent outside bet….”

So how much did JP Garnier and Andrew Witty know about GSK’s bad behavior over the years they spent crawling up the greasy ladder within the company?

I’d say they knew a lot..

There is a rumor that that the next head of GSK might be Emma Walmsley..

I wonder what price you have to put on your soul to become CEO of a company like GSK?

“John Milton:..You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire; you build egos the size of cathedrals; fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse; grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green, gold-plated fantasies, until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own God… and where can you go from there? As we’re scrambling from one deal to the next, who’s got his eye on the planet? As the air thickens, the water sours, even bees’ honey takes on the metallic taste of radioactivity… and it just keeps coming, faster and faster. There’s no chance to think, to prepare; it’s buy futures, sell futures… when there is no future. We got a runaway train, boy. We got a billion Eddie Barzoons all jogging into the future. Every one of them is getting ready to fistfuck God’s ex-planet, lick their fingers clean, as they reach out toward their pristine, cybernetic keyboards to tote up their fucking billable hours. And then it hits home. You got to pay your own way”..


(Al Pacino/John Milton- “The Devils Advocate”)




The London-based pharma exec runs the world’s leading over-the-counter pharma company—a $9.5 billion joint venture between GSK and its Swiss competitor Novartis, officially launched in March. Walmsley led the integration of the businesses, which resulted from a complex deal struck in April 2014. The company’s products are sold in 160 countries, with 42% of sales coming from emerging markets. In July, Walmsley, a lover of Italian red wine and Bikram yoga, was appointed to the board of Diageo. —Erika Fry

Who Will Replace His Royal-Ness Andrew Witty At GSK?

It seems to be that GSK just replace one sociopath with another..

I can just imagine the interview process for CEO…

We’ve had JP Garnier (he was a very good sociopath), then we had Witty (who was arguably even better).. very convincing , very slick…

Who next?

I bet it’s something like a tick the boxes ‘sociopath’ checklist for the selected candidates…

Something like this perhaps?…






Woodford Demands Outsider To Take GSK Helm

The high-profile fund manager tells Sky News a “fresh pair of eyes” is needed to replace Sir Andrew Witty at GSK.

10:58, UK, Thursday 17 March 2016

GlaxoSmithKline Chief Executive Andrew Witty poses with his medal after being honoured with a Knighthood by Prince Charles

Sir Andrew Witty poses after being honoured with a knighthood

Britain’s biggest drugs-maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has been told to ignore internal candidates in its search for a new boss as shareholders intensify demands for a radical overhaul of the company.

Speaking exclusively to Sky News, Neil Woodford, the City’ s best-known fund manager, said that GSK needed “a fresh pair of eyes” to replace Sir Andrew Witty, who will step down next year.

“I have a strong preference for an external candidate,” the head of investments at Woodford Investment Management said on Thursday.

Mr Woodford’s demands will put pressure on Sir Philip Hampton, GSK’s new chairman, to appoint an executive from elsewhere in the pharmaceuticals industry to succeed Sir Andrew.

That would come as a blow to possible internal candidates such as Emma Walmsley, who runs GSK’s consumer products division, and Abbas Hussain, president of its global pharmaceuticals unit.

Sky News revealed last autumn that Mr Woodford was seeking a break-up of the £69bn company, which owns brands such as Nicorette and Horlicks.

He believes the group would be far more valuable if it separated its HIV business ViiV, its consumer healthcare division and Stiefel, its dermatology division, from its core medicines and vaccines arm.

GSK said on Thursday that Sir Andrew would step down at the end of March 2017, with a formal recruitment process now underway.

The City has grown frustrated at GSK’s lacklustre share price performance, with the stock down about 10% over the last 12 months as investors wait to see whether a pipeline of promising new products will deliver.

Under Sir Andrew, its chief executive since 2008, GSK has signalled a shift away from highly priced prescription drugs in favour of vaccines and consumer products.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank said the announcement about Sir Andrew’s retirement was unlikely to signal material strategic changes at GSK.


GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty to Retire in March 2017
Marthe Fourcade
Ketaki Gokhale
March 17, 2016 — 7:12 AM GMT
Updated on March 17, 2016 — 12:10 PM GMT

Board will search for CEO candidate inside, outside drugmaker
Chairman Hampton also plans `board refreshment’ this year

GlaxoSmithKline Plc Chairman Phil Hampton began an overhaul of the biggest U.K. drugmaker by launching a search for Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty’s successor and replacing a third of the board as he seeks to pacify some disgruntled investors.

Witty, 51, will retire next March, after almost a decade at the helm, the London-based company said in a statement on Thursday. Glaxo also plans what Hampton termed a “board refreshment” as directors Deryck Maughan, Stephanie Burns, Daniel Podolsky and Hans Wijers won’t stand for re-election at the annual meeting in May.

Andrew Witty
Andrew Witty
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Witty, once hailed as one of the pharmaceutical industry’s most visionary managers, has faced criticism for Glaxo’s lagging share performance, sluggish sales and a pipeline lacking promising medicines. A bribery scandal in China that led to a $489 million fine last year also tarnished his image, which he had built with initiatives to develop the world’s first malaria vaccine and reform the way medicines are marketed to doctors.

“Glaxo needs a shakeup at the top,” said Gareth Powell, a portfolio manager at Polar Capital LLP in London whose holdings include Glaxo shares. “There’s a lack of truly innovative products, and that’s what they need to sort out.”
Right Time

Last year, Witty oversaw the biggest reorganization since the merger that created Glaxo 15 years ago. He sold the company’s cancer drugs to Novartis AG in exchange for the Swiss firm’s vaccines business and cash. The companies also formed a joint venture, controlled by Glaxo, to sell consumer health products.

Glaxo shares fell 1.3 percent to 1,394 pence at 12:07 p.m. in London trading. The stock has returned an average of 10 percent a year over the past five years, compared with a 17 percent average annual return for the Bloomberg Europe Pharmaceutical Index.

“By next year, I will have been CEO for nearly ten years and I believe this will be the right time for a new leader to take over,” Witty said in the statement. He began leading Britain’s largest drugmaker in 2008 after more than 20 years at the company, including postings in the U.S., Asia and Africa.
Avoiding Deals

Both internal and external candidates will be considered for the role. Glaxo investor Neil Woodford said he would like to see someone from outside the company take the top job. One of that person’s first tasks may be to slash the dividend, investors said.

Potential candidates include Emma Walmsley, head of Glaxo’s consumer-health division, and Abbas Hussain, president of its drug business, according to reports in U.K. media. Chief Financial Officer Simon Dingemans and Roger Connor, who oversees global manufacturing and supplies, may also be considered as internal successors. David Epstein, head of Novartis’s pharmaceutical unit, may also be approached, the reports said.

Witty’s views have diverged from those of his peers. He has avoided large-scale acquisitions that have consumed others such as Pfizer Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. And in 2011, he started a program called Patient First that eliminated the link between sales targets and bonuses for Glaxo’s U.S. marketing team, following allegations of illegally promoting drugs. Few drugmakers followed his lead.
Fresh Board

Glaxo’s sales declined to 23.9 billion pounds ($34.2 billion) last year from a peak of 28.4 billion pounds the year after Witty joined. Core earnings per share will probably surge this year, the company has said, after two years of declines.

“The decision will allow him to step aside at a high point following the company’s expected return to double-digit earnings growth in 2016,” Richard Parkes, an analyst at Deutsche Bank AG in London, wrote in a note to clients.

One bright spot has been Glaxo’s portfolio of HIV medicines, which the company considered spinning off in an IPO before opting to keep it. The British drugmaker also has one of the broadest drug pipelines in the industry, with more than 70 new medicines in development (though many are early-stage drugs that won’t deliver sales anytime soon), according to a Bloomberg Intelligence pipeline analysis.

A breakup of the company, favored by some investors including Woodford, might not generate that much value, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Sam Fazeli. Separating the drugs, vaccines and consumer-health units will probably increase Glaxo’s enterprise value of 83 billion pounds ($118 billion) by 10 percent or less, he estimated.

Is Glaxo Looking To Replace Andrew Witty As CEO?

GlaxoSmithKline begins search for new ceo to succeed embattled Sir Andrew Witty as investors call for drugs giant to be split up

GlaxoSmithKline has kicked off the search for a chief executive to succeed embattled Sir Andrew Witty.

With the drugs giant facing pressure from powerful shareholders, it is understood the board has started succession planning.

Witty, who was paid £3.9million in 2014, joined Glaxo in 1985 and took over as chief executive in May 2008 after Jean-Pierre Garnier retired.

Under pressure:  GlaxoSmithKline boss is looking for a new boss to replace Sir Andrew Witty (pictured)

Under pressure:  GlaxoSmithKline boss is looking for a new boss to replace Sir Andrew Witty (pictured)

His future is in the hands of chairman Sir Philip Hampton, the former Royal Bank of Scotland chairman who took the helm in May.

Disturbing, Revealing, And Absurd, Interview With Andrew Witty, The CEO Of GlaxoSmithKline..


Andrew Witty

“Things go wrong. We have inevitably – of course, we go through all the processes with the regulators to get a drug to be as safe and effective as it can possibly be. But the reality is, every time a human takes a drug, it’s like a clinical trial. You don’t really know what’s going to happen.

Everybody can react a different way. So on the one hand, what is the story of the drug industry? The story of the drug industry is wonder drugs. On the other hand, it’s danger drugs. Those are the two extremes that we have.

It’s kind of unavoidable.”

(Translation: “often we release dangerous drugs like Seroxat and Avandia. We make billions on them and the people that get killed are just collateral damage, some of our drugs and products help people so we make up for the other GSK drug-induced deaths from poisons like Seroxat- that way. It all balances out in the end- we kill some, we help some.. it’s the nature of the pharmaceutical  business and kinda just tough if you get harmed”).

Evan Davis:

-“But you’re saying there are bad apples, and it goes wrong. Is that right, or is it – for example, in the China case. Was it that there was a bad apple and it went wrong, or was it that that was normal behaviour in certain markets, and it just got called out in that particular case?”

Andrew Witty:

-“For obvious reasons, I’m not going to get into all the details of that.”

(translation: “I don’t answer questions about our criminal behavior”)

Andrew Witty Sociopath

Mr Witty, “I think the bigger question” is: are you- and is your company-sociopathic?

It’s not often that we get to see the CEO of one of the biggest (and notably most corrupt) pharmaceutical companies on the planet (GSK) squirm like a little snake in an interview. Usually someone like Andrew Witty would have no fear of being asked awkward questions about fraud, bribery or corruption in interviews. Usually, Sir Witty would expect nothing short of the red carpet treatment from the media who court people like him. However, in the last seven minutes, of a recent interview between the BBC’s Evan Davis and Andrew Witty, the unethical behavior, of his company GSK, comes under intense scrutiny.

It’s important to note that under Andrew Witty’s tenure as CEO of GSK (since 2008), as recently as last year (2014) the company has been caught operating a massive bribery network in China, and the company is also under several investigations spanning several other countries for similar corruption allegations, and has been for some years now.  In 2012 GSK paid 3 billion to settle the biggest health care fraud in US history. There is also the issue of an ongoing serious Serious Fraud Office UK investigation and many other ethical issues concerning GSK’s unethical shenanigans which have yet to be resolved. These issues, serious though they are, don’t even touch upon the other GSK issues which affect people’s lives directly in horrible damaging ways- such as kids developing Narcolepsy from GSK’s Pandemrix, or kids dying from GSK’s notorious Seroxat (Paxil) drug.

GSK have been killing and harming consumers for decades.

Witty knows this, he just doesn’t care, because he is paid millions to care about GSK. His self interest, and the company’s self interest, values the profitability of GSK above human life, ethics and morality. That is the essence of his several minutes of uncomfortable avoidance in this fascinating interview.  Our lives mean nothing to him, he more or less said that in this interview. He said it’s “kind of unavoidable’.  What’s unavoidable? That people get killed and damaged? What is he saying- “tough shit- your life means nothing?” What’s unavoidable Andrew? That you corrupt psychiatrists, doctors? That your company lies about side effects of its drugs which leads to deaths?

He sees us (the public) as collateral damage. That much is clear.

As one of the direct casualties of GSK’s defective and dangerous drugs (Seroxat), I have to admit, I find it satisfying to see the CEO responsible for Seroxat, asked uncomfortable questions about GSK’s criminal behavior. His responses though, could be perceived as a master-class in how to avoid and deflect uncomfortable questions, however, despite his obvious skills in avoidance I think Witty comes across very badly in this video clip for a number of reasons.

His body language speaks volumes, when asked the first uncomfortable question at the beginning of this video, and when it’s obvious that the tone of the interview is about to change dramatically, Witty suddenly looks visibly annoyed, tense, fidgety, and uncomfortable. His squirming demeanor, followed by a big gulp, bowed head, contortions in his seat, and shameful expression, speak to me of a man who knows exactly how badly his company has behaved. I’d say he knows it all too well.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t stop him doing what he is paid (millions of pounds) to do: defend the company at all costs.

This is his own personal, ethical and moral weakness (he just doesn’t realize it).

(You’re defending the indefensible Witty- you sold your soul to GSK in 1985).

I don’t think that Witty was successful at all in this interview.

He doesn’t seem to realize that ‘normal’ (non sociopathic) people find it disturbing when they hear people trying to attempt the defend the indefensible.

I think he would have been better off being humble and apologizing for GSK’s widespread and well known criminality over the decades. Trying to pretend it didn’t really happen and is all just some kind of misconception is just an insult to people, we all know it did, there are hundreds documents and articles online, and on this blog, which detail GSKs vast and extensive criminality. People aren’t stupid, and the internet has documented all of GSK’s behavior now, no amount of deflection can argue with the facts…

The second video is taken from a recent interview from an Australian news piece with Jon Jureidini, a child psychiatrist from the university of Adelaide, who was also part of a RIAT team who re-assessed a GSK study (study 329) which came to the conclusion that GSK’s Seroxat (Aropax/Paxil) drug has harmed (and killed) many thousands of teens since it was first pushed on kids in the late 90’s.

GSK’s corporate spokesperson, Bernadette Murdoch, seems to have no problem coming out in defense of the indefensible. Similar to Witty, she tries to muddy the water with red-herring statements that are both meaningless, and also an insult, to all those who died, or were harmed, by GSK’s Seroxat (Paxil/Aropax) drug over the past few decades.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…

How do these corporate executives sleep at night?

Are they just sociopaths?

Do they not possess consciences?

(Kudos To Bob Fiddaman Of Seroxat Sufferers Blog for finding this video – see his post on it here)

For Recent news on GSK’s Dangerous Seroxat drug see here-


“This is a very high rate of kids going on to become suicidal. It doesn’t take expertise to find this. It takes extraordinary expertise to avoid finding it.”

In an article published with the re-analysis, Peter Doshi, associate editor of the BMJ, said the new paper “has reignited calls for retraction of the original study, putting additional pressure on academic and professional institutions to publicly address the many allegations of wrongdoing.”

He said few trials had been as controversial as study 329, whose lead author was Martin Keller from Brown University. In 2002, the year after its publication, the US Food and Drug Administration said it should be considered a failed trial because the depressed adolescents taking the drug did no better than those on placebo.

In that same year, more than two million prescriptions for paroxetine were written for adolescents and children in the United States, on the back of an advertising campaign which claimed the trial had shown “remarkable efficacy and safety”.

GSK was fined $3bn in 2012 for fraudulently promoting the drug.

For further reading on GSK’s China bribery scandal see here-


China has fined UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) after a court found it guilty of bribery.

The record penalty follows allegations the drug giant paid out bribes to doctors and hospitals in order to have their products promoted.

The court gave GSK’s former head of Chinese operations, Mark Reilly, a suspended three-year prison sentence and he is set to be deported.

Other GSK executives have also been given suspended jail sentences.

Sir Andrew Witty GSK: CEO accountability selectively enforced?

Very interesting comparison..

A former user of Avandia (GSK’s heart attack inducing Diabetes drug) asks an important question…

How come Andrew Witty is never held to account for anything that GSK does?

Including the Avandia scandal and the Seroxat scandal- which killed, harmed and maimed many people, where is the accountability? Why is the department of Justice not investigating GSK breaking their corporate integrity agreement? and when will we see the results of the SFO (Serious Fraud Office) investigation into GSK in the UK bear fruit?


    • CEO accountability selectively enforced

    • Posted Oct. 9, 2015 at 2:01 AM

      So the U.S. Department of Justice says it could seek to hold individual Volkswagen executives accountable for that corporation’s emissions testing scandal — but it’s done nothing to GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty for premeditated poisoning for profit with the drug Avandia.

      As a victim of this insidious drug, I am appalled at the selective punishment of CEOs by the Justice Department. I guess my life is not as important as car fumes.

      The time has come for President Obama to get off the world stage and start protecting “we the people” at home!

      Paul G. Redlund


    I Am Fish Head: Brilliant Documentary On The Sociopaths/Psychopaths That Run Our Modern World

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    “A fish rots from the head down”

    (scroll up to 30 mins for the section on anti-depressants)

    https://truthman30.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/the-us-department-of-justice-legal-complaint-against-gsk-2012/ http://uk.businessinsider.com/psychopath-jon-ronson-ceo-traits-2015-5?r=US&IR=T

    We talked to Jon Ronson, author of New York Times bestseller “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry,” about which specific personality traits you should look for when trying to spot a psychopath.

    June 14, 2011 @ 1:46 PM 230,143 views
    Why (Some) Psychopaths Make Great CEOs
    Jeff Bercovici , Forbes Staff Author Jon Ronson.
    Photo credit: Barney Poole
    British journalist Jon Ronson immersed himself in the world of mental health diagnosis and criminal profiling to understand what makes some people psychopaths — dangerous predators who lack the behavioral controls and tender feelings the rest of us take for granted. Among the things he learned while researching his new book, “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry”: the incidence of psychopathy among CEOs is about 4 percent, four times what it is in the population at large. I spoke with him recently about what that means and its implications for the business world and wider society. Are we really to understand that there’s some connection between what makes people psychopaths and what makes them CEO material? At first I was really skeptical because it seemed like an easy thing to say, almost like a conspiracy theorist’s type of thing to say. I remember years and years ago a conspiracy theorist telling me the world was ruled by blood-drinking, baby-sacrificing lizards.
    These psychologists were essentially saying the same thing.
    Basically, when you get them talking, these people [ie. psychopaths] are different than human beings. They lack the things that make you human: empathy, remorse, loving kindness. So at first I thought this might just be psychologists feeling full of themselves with their big ideological notions. But then I met Al Dunlap. [That would be “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap, former CEO of Sunbeam and notorious downsizer.] He effortlessly turns the psychopath checklist into “Who Moved My Cheese?” Many items on the checklist he redefines into a manual of how to do well in capitalism. There was his reputation that he was a man who seemed to enjoy firing people, not to mention the stories from his first marriage — telling his first wife he wanted to know what human flesh tastes like, not going to his parents’ funerals. Then you realize that because of this dysfunctional capitalistic society we live in those things were positives. He was hailed and given high-powered jobs, and the more ruthlessly his administration behaved, the more his share price shot up. So you can just go down the list of Fortune 500 CEOs and say, “psychopath, psychopath, psychopath…” Well, no. Dunlap was an exceptional figure, wasn’t he? An extreme figure.
    I think my book offers really good evidence that the way that capitalism is structured really is a physical manifestation of the brain anomaly known as psychopathy. However, I wouldn’t say every Fortune 500 chief is a psychopath. That would turn me into an ideologue and I abhor ideologues. Is it an either/or thing? It seems to me, thinking about it, that a lot of the traits on the checklist would be be useful in a corporate ladder-climbing situation. So maybe there are a lot of CEOs who simply have some psychopathic tendencies.
    It is a spectrum, but there’s a cutoff point. If you’re going by the Hare checklist [the standard inventory used in law enforcement, devised by leading researcher Robert Hare], where the top score is 40, the average anxiety-ridden business failure like me — although the fact that my book just made the Times best sellers list makes it difficult to call myself that — would score a 4 or 5. Somebody you have to be wary of would be in early 20s and a really hard core damaged person, a really dangerous psychopath, would score around a 30. In law the cutoff is 29.
    There are absolutes in psychopathy and the main absolute is a literal absence of empathy. It’s just not there. In higher-scoring psychopaths, what grows in the vacant field where that empathy should be is a joy in manipulating people, a lack of remorse, a lack of guilt. If you’ve got a little bit of empathy, you’re kind of not a psychopath.

    Prescription for Glaxo: A New Boss? (Bloomberg)



    5:01 AM BST
    May 5, 2015

    Incoming Chairman Of GlaxoSmithKline Plc Philip Hampton

    Incoming Chairman Of GlaxoSmithKline Plc Philip Hampton, is no stranger to big challenges or high-profile roles. He led the board at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc after the biggest taxpayer bailout in U.K. history.
    Incoming Chairman Of GlaxoSmithKline Plc Philip Hampton, is no stranger to big challenges or high-profile roles. He led the board at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc after the biggest taxpayer bailout in U.K. history. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

    Philip Hampton is taking over as chairman of GlaxoSmithKline Plc as Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty struggles to win back investors’ favor.

    Witty, who’s led Britain’s largest drugmaker since 2008, is facing criticism for Glaxo’s lagging share performance and a depleted pipeline of promising medicines. A bribery scandal in China that led to a $489 million fine last year and sluggish U.S. sales also eroded support.

    “Mr. Witty is running out of time,” said Stephen Bailey, a fund manager at Liontrust Asset Management Plc in London, which holds Glaxo shares. “He’s either got to deliver in the next 12 months or step aside.”

    Hampton, 61, previously led the board of Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, where he presided over some 90,000 job cuts and a partial dismantling of the firm following the U.K.’s biggest bank bailout. Before that, he oversaw a turnaround as chairman of retailer J Sainsbury Plc.

    He replaces Christopher Gent as Glaxo’s chairman on Thursday, a day after the company reports first-quarter results and holds a meeting for investors. Both Hampton and Witty declined to be interviewed through Glaxo’s press office.

    Glaxo is trailing its 11 biggest rivals in annual revenue growth, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Its stock sank 7 percent in the past year, compared with a 30 percent increase in the Bloomberg Europe Pharmaceuticals Index. Only about a quarter of analysts rate Glaxo a buy.

    Building Value

    Hampton joins as Witty, 50, is undertaking the biggest reorganization since the merger that created Glaxo 15 years ago. He sold its cancer drugs to Novartis AG in exchange for the Swiss firm’s vaccines business and cash. The companies also formed a joint venture, controlled by Glaxo, to sell consumer health products.

    The deals bring more predictable revenue and lessen Glaxo’s dependence on patented drugs, where sales suffer when generic substitutes reach the market. They also turn the London-based giant away from drug development at a time when investors are embracing it, said Bailey. “That’s where you can add value and build value,” he added.
    GlaxoSmithKline Plc CEO Andrew Witty

    GlaxoSmithKline Plc Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty. Under Witty, Glaxo settled a marketing probe in the U.S. by paying a $3 billion fine in 2011, and a bribery investigation in China that concluded last year with a $489 million penalty.

    Hampton will have to evaluate the performance of Witty and other senior executives, as any new chairman would, and won’t act rashly, said Justin King, who served as CEO of Sainsbury during Hampton’s tenure as chairman.
    Pragmatic Approach

    He’ll also have to recruit directors at Glaxo, where at least three will leave in the next 18 months. At Edinburgh – based RBS, where he served as chairman starting in 2009, Hampton revamped the board after nine members left in his first year.

    In interviews with three board members and executives who worked with Hampton at Sainsbury and RBS, he was described as inquisitive, pragmatic, and down to earth.

    “He’s not the slightest bit interested in the trappings of office,” King said. It’s no coincidence Hampton finds himself running companies in trouble, he added. “He has the appetite for challenge — he’s not a sinecure kind of guy.”

    Hampton should reinvest in research at Glaxo, which is failing to produce drugs capable of boosting earnings, said Laura Foll, a fund manager at Henderson Global Investors Ltd. in London, which owns about 7.6 million shares in Glaxo.
    Chart: Glaxo’s Bleak Prognosis

    Profits are still tied to the aging asthma drug, Advair, while demand for two new respiratory medicines, Breo and Anoro, remains sluggish. The company is considering a spinoff of its HIV medicines, although it has few compounds capable of replacing them. Foll recommends cutting the dividend to fund research, a move some investors might resist.
    Leading Change

    Glaxo paid out 3.8 billion pounds ($5.7 billion) to shareholders last year, the most among major pharma companies relative to their market capitalization. It also pledged to return 4 billion pounds in proceeds from the Novartis deal to shareholders.

    Shares of Glaxo have recovered some ground after the worst annual performance in more than a decade in 2014. The stock rose 10 percent so far this year after sales in the U.S. stabilized and the company in December announced 900 job cuts in North Carolina as part of 1 billion pounds in cost reductions.

    Even so, Hampton’s appointment should be the catalyst for a re-examination of strategy, Foll said.

    “There needs to be some sort of change — whether that’s under a new management team or not,” she said. “Phil Hampton may be able to lead the change from the top.”


    When Sir Philip Hampton was named as the new chairman at GlaxoSmithKline, investors breathed a sigh of relief. After last year’s annus horribilis they wanted a fresh pair of hands to steer Britain’s biggest drug manufacturer.

    Having had a seat at boardrooms including Sainsbury’s, Lloyds, British Gas, BT and latterly the Royal Bank of Scotland, Hampton is donning a white coat to tour GSK’s laboratories in an attempt to learn about the sprawling company.

    He will start in May with a lot on his plate. Last year, GSK was fined a record £297m by Chinese authorities for its part in a huge bribery scandal. Hampton’s experience of highly regulated industries will no doubt help navigate the groups’ reputational challenges in Asia, but there are potentially even bigger issues lurking.

    A boardroom shake-up might be a first course of business, industry sources suggest. Board members Tom de Swaan and Jing Ulrich have already signalled they are stepping down.

    But questions are beginning to be asked of the chief executive, Andrew Witty, who has been at the helm throughout the slowing sales and bribery controversies.

    Witty has resisted calls to stand down and instead agreed to take a bonus cut two years running. But there are growing suggestions that he is on borrowed time.

    Sources believe that while he is a dynamic character, and has overseen some impressive deals including the $20bn (£13bn) asset-swap with Novartis, there aren’t many rabbits left for him to pull out of the hat.

    Beginning Of A New Era eh Mr Witty? Ethics and Transparency?


    I have to say, even though I have been investigating GSK for about a decade now, even I was initially partly convinced by the rhetoric of the new CEO, Andrew Witty. He was very charismatic in the beginning (and I’m sure that’s why he got the job) and a little like how we all felt about Obama compared to Bush, Witty seemed so human compared to his predecessor, the insufferable, and infamous- JP Garnier (or at least ‘human’ by comparison). But, it was all a load of hogwash, merely slick marketing and good PR- ‘present the public with a very convincing face, something that looks human, and not at all sociopathic’- and it seems many of us are easily fooled (I was never fooled, but I did think his rhetoric was convincingly polished, and almost sounded genuine in the beginning but I did see through it). However, it seems that GSK’s culture has anything but changed, and perhaps has, in fact- got much much worse.

       Under Witty’s rule, GSK has weathered several scandals which more than match those under Garnier’s reign. While Garnier presided over huge scandals, including the infamous Seroxat scandal, Witty had to face into 3 Billion worth of fines from the department of justice in 2012, an expose of GSK’s tax avoidance by the BBC, alongside other exposes which included Panorama’s documentaries on birth defects from SSRI’s like Seroxat, and their 2014 exposure of GSK corrupting doctors in Poland and elsewhere. Contaminated plants such as Cidra in Puerto Rico, and in Ireland also, brought shame and controversy on the company- as did the ongoing Avandia and Pandemrix defective drug scandals (not to mention the ongoing. Seroxat scandal).

       Despite claims by GSK (and others) that they had ushered in a new era of transparency and ethics, many of these scandals all occurred under Andrew Witty’s tenure as CEO. He is now faced with a systemic corruption scandal, the biggest it seems in China, but according to some websites, it now spans more than 10 countries:

    “Corruption allegations against Glaxo have spread since the China scandal broke. The company is investigating potential bribery in 9 Middle Eastern countries, plus Poland.”

    Read more: Top GSK exec faces life in Chinese prison for alleged ‘massive bribery network’ – FiercePharmaMarketing http://www.fiercepharmamarketing.com/story/top-gsk-exec-faces-life-chinese-prison-alleged-massive-bribery-network/2014-05-14#ixzz31owdUGFH


    Where will it all end for Andrew Witty? I doubt he really cares- he is a multi-multi millionaire by now, and even if he jumped ship tomorrow- he would have more money in his bank account than most of us could ever even dream of… he could quite easily sail happily into the sunset (and often that’s what many of them do- bankers, CEO’s, politicians- they are a different breed- they don’t have consciences).

    Would you put your conscience, or your soul, up for sale?

    I wouldn’t- but for some it seems, their soul can be sold to the highest bidder…

    That’s of course, if they ever had one in the first place…

    Appearances can be deceptive…

    Whenever I think of people like Andew Witty, and those of his ilk, I’m reminded of the classic Pink Floyd song ‘Money’ which sums them all up in a nutshell…


    Money, get away 
    Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay 
    Money, it’s a gas
    Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
    New car, caviar, four star daydream 
    Think I’ll buy me a football team

    Money, get back
    I’m all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack
    Money, it’s a hit 
    Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
    I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set 
    And I think I need a Lear jet

    Money, it’s a crime 
    Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
    Money, so they say 
    Is the root of all evil today
    But if you ask for a raise it’s no surprise
    That they’re giving none away
    Away, away, way
    Away, away, away



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