Audio recording of meeting between GSK and Dr Nissen to discuss Avandia

Audio recording of meeting between GSK and Dr Nissen to discuss Avandia

Issued: 6 September 2010, London, UK

On 10 May 2007, four GSK medical and clinical experts met with Dr Steven Nissen – who had been conducting an independent meta-analysis of Avandia studies - to discuss the scientific data.  An audio recording of this meeting was made covertly by Dr Nissen.  At no stage before or during the meeting was GSK informed that the meeting was being recorded.

On 6 September 2010, the BBC Panorama programme aired the recording of this meeting.  Selected extracts from the recording had already been provided by Dr Nissen to The New York Times newspaper.

On Friday 3 September 2010, following the issue of a subpoena (legal request) to Dr Nissen, GSK obtained a copy of the audio recording. On the day the Panorama programme was due to air, we made the recording available online so that all interested parties could hear all the comments made at this meeting in their full context.

GlaxoSmithKline enquiries:


UK Media enquiries:

David Mawdsley

(020) 8047 5502


Claire Brough

(020) 8047 5502


Stephen Rea

(020) 8047 5502


Alexandra Harrison

(020) 8047 5502


Jo Revill

(020) 8047 5502




US Media enquiries:

Nancy Pekarek

(919) 483 2839


Mary Anne Rhyne

(919) 483 2839


Kevin Colgan

(919) 483 2839


Sarah Alspach

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European Analyst/Investor enquiries:

Sally Ferguson

(020) 8047 5543


Gary Davies

(020) 8047 5503


US Analyst/ Investor enquiries:

Tom Curry

(215) 751 5419


Jen Hill Baxter

(215) 751 7002