Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

UPDATED: 16. DEC 2015, AT 16:02

Institute’s employees arrested for trading medication

POLICE detained six employees of the National Institute of Oncology (NOÚ) for selling the medication for cancer patients and charged them with theft.

Illustrative stock photo(Source: TASR)

“The health of patients was not endangered,” Jozef Dolinský, head of NOÚ, told the press on December 16.

The police investigation was initiated by Dolinský, who was informed about the dubious practices at the department working with cancer medication before it is given to patients in late October.

The criminal police searched four residences and one non-residential space, during which they seized medication, computers, and also money, head of the Bratislava regional police corps Csaba Faragó told the press.

The employees were detained during the December 15 police raid in NOÚ, about which the Denník N daily reported. All of them confessed their guilt and were dismissed from their jobs. If the police find them guilty, they may spend from three to 10 years in prison.

The police, however, did not specify the amount of stolen medication or how they were stolen as the investigation is still underway. Dolinský, however, said that the medication was not diluted.

He also called this a historical moment.

“It is the first time when a head of the state-run medical facility initiates an investigation over illegal activities in his/her own organisation,” Dolinský continued.

This should prove that not only non-governmental organisations, citizens or private companies, but also doctors can report dubious activities. He also called on other medical workers not to be afraid of reporting such practices to criminal authorities.

Slovakia has struggled with sales of medication abroad for a long time as prices are among the cheapest within the European Union. If hospitals buy the medication and sell them abroad to hospitals or distributors for higher prices, they receive the difference in the price as profit, as reported by Denník N.

Experts in the pharmaceutical industry expect that nearly three-quarters of medication exported from Slovakia is not reported to the State Institute for Drug Control, though the law obliges them to do so, the Sme daily wrote. 

Topic: Health care


This article is also related to other trending topics: Corruption & scandals

Top stories

12 places where you can see the works of one of the best medieval wood carvers Photo

The works of the renowned Master Paul are not limited just to Levoča.

St Geirge Curch in Spišská Sobota

Heatwaves to continue in Slovakia over the following days

More than 40 people collapsed due to hot weather on Thursday.

Jourová: Fico not fully informed on all EC’s activities on double standards

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Fico to discuss double quality standards of foods on July 27 in Brussels.

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová

Foreigners: Events in Bratislava Video

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between July 21 and July 30, including concerts, parties, festivals, classical music, inline skating, exhibitions and more.