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Feds Investigate Whether Drug Companies Paid Bribes Overseas
The Wall Street Journal: "Federal investigators are looking at ways that drug makers could be paying bribes overseas to boost sales and speed approvals, according to letters sent to the companies and people close to the matter. Big companies ... in recent months have disclosed they are being investigated for possible violations of a 1977 law that makes it illegal for companies whose stock is traded in the U.S. to bribe government officials in other countries to get business. The companies said they are cooperating with the government, with several adding that the investigation is industry-wide and broader than their companies specifically." No companies have been accused of breaking any laws (Rothfeld, 10/5).
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