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Medicines. Campania, 11 precautionary measures for false recipes, 4 million scam on the NHS

They stole prescription books from family doctors and illegally acquired large quantities of medicines by sending false prescriptions made out to unsuspecting or deceased patients. The medicines were then collected from various pharmacies and then placed on the foreign market.

13 DECSix thousand packets of specialty medicines seized with 10,000 false NHS prescriptions or proceeds of crime, 1,200 punches removed from packets of medicines, "which would certainly have resulted in an illegal reimbursement by the Campania Health Service, a personal computer with a dedicated program for the falsification of medical prescriptions, as well as medical stamps and various documentation, a clandestine deposit of medicines, and a fraud against the NHS quantified for the period 2008/2010 at 4 million euros.

These are the numbers of the investigation by the Nas carabinieri of Naples which this morning led to the execution of 11 precautionary measures (of which 7 house arrest and 4 obligations to present themselves to the Judicial Police) issued by the Gip of the Court of Naples Marcella Suma. Starting from the thefts of numerous blank medical prescription books, carried out to the detriment of general practitioners of the NA/1 Centre, NA/2 North and Naples/3 South local health authorities, they have in fact made it possible to identify a criminal association made up of various mainly in the provinces of Naples, Caserta and Salerno, involved in committing thefts/robberies and receiving medical prescriptions (30,000 in the two-year period 2009-2010).

These recipes, the Nas explain, were falsified by affixing stamps and signatures of unwitting doctors and personal data of unsuspecting patients (sometimes found to be deceased) and were subsequently presented to various pharmacies (which allegedly requested reimbursement by the competent local health authority). for the supply of expensive medicines.
The drugs then, after being stored in a clandestine warehouse lacking the necessary hygienic-sanitary requirements, were destined to be placed on the international market through a distribution chain made up of affiliates aware of the nature of the products treated.

"The numerous findings obtained during the investigative activity - adds the note from the Nas - showed that within the organization the various subjects involved covered different, well-defined roles, distinguishing themselves between fences, recipe pushers and fixers of various types ”.
During the activities

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