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GSK gives $564 million in 2007

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In-kind donations of $448 million constituted the bulk of drug company GlaxoSmithKline’s charitable giving last year.

The London-based company donated a total of $564 million to charity in 2007, equal to almost 4 percent of its pre-tax profits, compared to an average of about 1 percent for the 100 largest companies on the British stock exchange.

GlaxoSmithKline’s in-kind donations included almost 750 million treatments of albendazole, used to combat elephantiasis, that were valued at a total of $29 million.

Another $31 million in products were donated for international relief efforts and to poor communities.

Donations through the Patient Assistance Program, which provides drugs for low-income patients, totaled $388 million in 2007.

The company also donated a total of about $82 million through partnerships with nonprofits.

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