The 21st Century Business Herald, citing a whistleblower called “Zorro”, said that Alcon offered money to doctors in more than 200 Chinese hospitals to push sales of lens implants.
Alcon used a third party research company to conduct bogus trials on the lens, called patient experience surveys, and the doctors were then offered payments in the form of “research fees”, the paper said.
“Upon learning of any allegations, the company launches an internal investigation. When any inappropriate activities are identified, we take swift remedial action.”
It is the second time in as many months the Swiss drugmaker has faced accusations of bribery by a whistleblower. In August, the same newspaper reported that Novartis bribed doctors to boost drug sales.
Most attention, however, has focused on Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline, which has been at the center of serious bribery allegations in China since July, when authorities accused it of using travel agencies as intermediaries to make illegal payments to doctors.
Other foreign drugmakers including Eli Lilly and Sanofi have also come under the spotlight after whistleblowers made accusations to the 21st Century Business Herald.
This article originally appeared on reuters