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Foreign language teachers will be happy to learn that a European pharmaceutical industry executive told Bloomberg News that drugmakers are reacting to the GlaxoSmithKline scandal in China by hiring more Chinese-speaking personnel. A link to the story is here.

Bloomberg reported that Chinese police and prosecutors are looking into whether now-former GSK British national Mark Reilly helped set up and expand sales departments that offered bribes to doctors in return for prescribing drugs. GSK, which has operations in and around Philadelphia, is based in London and also faces a U.K. criminal probe. GSK has said it is cooperating with authorities in those countries.

“Some companies are having more Chinese people in key positions,” said Richard Bergstroem, director general of the Brussels-based European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, according to Bloomberg. “In order to do audits further down in the organization, and in order to understand what’s going on, they need people on the ground. Preferably you have someone who speaks the local language.”

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