Bristol-Myers Allegations: Push Our Drugs, Meet the Lakers!

Authorities say company bribed doctors with team 'happy hours'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2011 2:13 PM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers teammates Pau Gasol and center Andrew Bynum celebrate during a timeout in a game earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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(Newser) – It's a good day for bribery allegations:

  • In California, Bristol-Meyers Squibb is accused of bribing doctors to push its drugs in exchange for swanky gifts and "happy hours" with Los Angeles Lakers players. Players also participated in "dream camps" for doctors and their families. Ex-player Lucius Allen, who worked for the company with his wife, arranged the access and ultimately blew the whistle. Full story at LA Times.

  • At IBM, employees in South Korea and China reportedly plied government officials in their respective countries with overseas trips, free PCs, and old-fashioned cash in exchange for contracts. IBM paid the SEC $10 million to settle the allegations, without admitting to any wrongdoing. Full story at the Wall Street Journal.

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