Graft probe ex­am­ines clin­i­cal tri­als

SDOE check­ing over 200 state hospi­tal doc­tors for links with drugs com­pa­nies

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More than 200 doc­tors are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in con­nec­tion to clin­i­cal tri­als car­ried out at pub­lic hos­pi­tals in Greece as au­thor­i­ties be­lieve that in some cases med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als failed to de­clare pay­ments from phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies and charged ex­penses for the drugs tests to so­cial se­cu­rity funds rather than the firms.

Kathimerini un­der­stands that for the last two years the Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad (SDOE) has been prob­ing a range of cor­rup­tion scan­dals linked to the health sec­tor and have found evi- dence sug­gest­ing that dozens of doc­tors were in­volved in il­le­gal ex­changes with drugs firms con­nected to clin­i­cal tri­als car­ried out over the last eight years.

SDOE sources said that the of­fenses the squad is in­ves­ti­gat­ing are the non-dec­la­ra­tion of in­come by doc­tors, the fail­ure to prop­erly record money spent on con­duct­ing the tri­als, and the charg­ing of ex­penses to so­cial in­surance funds or hos­pi­tals in­stead of drugs com­pa­nies.

SDOE be­gan by in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints about clin­i­cal tri­als at the Laiko Hospi­tal in Athens and then widened its probe to in­clude univer­sity hos­pi­tals in other parts of the coun­try, sources told Kathimerini.

Ear­lier this month, it was re­vealed that 11 state hospi­tal doc­tors were un­able to jus­tify a to­tal of 5.8 mil­lion eu­ros in their bank ac­counts. They were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by SDOE as part of a cor­rup­tion scan­dal in­volv­ing DePuy, a sub­sidiary of US health­care gi­ant John­son & John­son, and the sale of or­tho­pe­dic equip­ment to Greece.

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