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Prosecution sources said that a total of 30 individuals were involved in the bribery, including high-ranking officials such as former ministry general secretaries, advisors, ministers΄ associates, directors of public organisations and former members of committees setting medicine prices.
The prosecutors are continuing to investigate charges of money laundering against a number of other individuals, such as doctors, middlemen and others.
Investigators have calculated that the total damage incurred by the state as a result of the illegal practices of pharmaceutical companies after 2000 is in the region of 23 billion euros while the damage specifically involving Novartis amounts to 3.0 billion euros.
Source: ANA - MPA