SDOE prob­ing 11 doc­tors in Depuy health­care scan­dal

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Eleven state hospi­tal doc­tors who were un­able to jus­tify a to­tal of 5.8 mil­lion eu­ros in their bank ac­counts are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by of­fi­cials of the Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad (SDOE) as part of a cor­rup­tion scan­dal in­volv­ing DePuy, a sub­sidiary of US health­care gi­ant John­son & John­son.

Ac­cord­ing to SDOE, of­fi­cials of a Greek com­pany based on the Isle of Man bribed state hospi­tal doc­tors in Athens, Thes­sa­loniki and Pa­tra in or­der to pro­mote DePuy prod­ucts.

More than 20 mil­lion eu­ros in fines were im­posed on this and other firms im­pli­cated in the af­fair. Of­fi­cials of two or­tho­pe­dic sup­pli­ers re­port­edly vis­ited the Fi­nance Min­istry to pay a set­tle­ment of 12.1 mil­lion eu­ros.

SDOE is also prob­ing a Ger­man phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firm al­leged to have bribed re­searchers to pro­mote its prod­ucts.

Last month a pros­e­cu­tor charged five DePuy of­fi­cials with cor­rup­tion and money laun­der­ing.

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