Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors to boost sales, says whistleblower

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

Chloe Hamilton writes for The Independent:

Britain’s biggest drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, allegedly bribed doctors in Poland using money that was meant to be spent on educating patients, according to new evidence revealed today by the BBC Panorama programme. A GSK whistleblower claims that money put aside to teach patients in Poland about an asthma drug, Seretide, actually went towards paying doctors to prescribe more of the medicine. Jarek Wisniewiski, who was with the company for eight years until 2012, worked on a marketing programme across the country in 2010 to push the asthma drug. He told Panorama that although officially the money was to be spent on medical training, in reality it was used to bribe doctors to boost the company’s sales.

[...] GSK sells some of the world’s best-known medicines and has an annual turnover of more than £26bn. However, allegations of bribery have hounded the company in recent…

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‘Because I’m a girl’: Fourth grader denied right to play ball with boys

Originally posted on theGrio:

TODAY – A top player on a basketball team has been barred from playing in an upcoming game, and it doesn’t have anything to do with how she handles herself on the court.

It’s that she’s even there in the first place.

Jaelyn Bates, a fourth-grader, is a powerful player on the Frey Basketball Academy team, but now she’s been told she can’t compete with her teammates.

“Because I’m a girl, and they’re boys,” Jaelyn, 10, told NBC’s Dave Briggs. Her dad Barry Bates says that her skills on the court measure up to those of the other athletes on her team, even though they’re all boys.

“She fares very well, no difference than any boy with her skills would have,” said Bates. “She gets hurt like every other kid gets hurt. She scores like every other kid scores.”

The boys don’t have a problem with a girl being on their…

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The 2014 Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

Smithsonian has just announced the 60 finalists for their 11th Annual Photo Contest. The winning entries were selected by Smithsonian editors from over 50,000 submissions by photographers from 132 countries around the world.

Ten finalists were selected from the following six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile, a new category this year.

Voting for the Readers’ Choice Winner will be open until May 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM ET, and you can cast your vote once every 24 hours for your favorite. Smithsonian will announce the Readers’ Choice, Grand Prize and six Category winners on May 15, 2014.

Smithsonian’s 12th Annual Photo Contest will be open for entries on May 15, 2014.
The deadline for Smithsonian’s 2nd Annual In Motion Video Contest is May 31, 2014.

To cast your Readers’ Choice vote and see all 60 finalists, visit Smithsonian.com

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