Thursday, 29 December 2011

Doctors arrested in illegal implant scam

SPAIN (El País) The National Police has arrested three doctors, two in Almería, the other in Málaga, who were carrying out implants using illegal products bought via Internet. They operated on some 200 patients, according to a statement from the police authorities. Investigations began thanks to a denuncia by the Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios, which warned that unauthorized and untested medication was being offered for sale in Spain. These contained drugs used in the treatment of dependencies on opiates (heroin) and alcohol but had never gone through any of the control tests stipulated in law. To start with, the police focused on the website administrator, who had no medical licence, nor any authorization to sell medication, which she imported from the US, China and Russia 'without any kind of control whatsoever'. But when her home in Almería was searched the police found names and addresses of doctors who had bought medicines from her. It turns out that the doctors had previously requested permission to import and use some of these medicines but these had been denied, despite which they continued to use them. There is no connection with the illegal silicone breast implant scandal that is currently all over the media in Europe.

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