Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Argentina Vaccine Trials Fine

The government of Argentina fined GlaxoSmithKline Argentina Laboratories Company 400,000 pesos (approx. US$93,000) for its handling of vaccine trials in Mendoza, Argentina in 2007 and 2008. According to media accounts, a government investigation found Glaxo and two trial investigators failed to heed proper informed consent procedures in a study called Protocol Compas, which tested the efficacy of the Synflorix pediatric pneumonia vaccine. GSK admitted in a January 2012 public statement that there were “some administrative irregularities in the process of obtaining informed consent from a small proportion of patients in the study.”

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of GSK Public Statement
Contractors Involved Penalty
GlaxoSmithKline $93,000
Further Information Released
GSK Press Release 2/29/2012

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