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Ukraine's SBU blocks trafficking of substandard medicines for oncology patients

The malefactors smuggled unregistered medical supplies from the aggressor country to Ukraine for patients with oncological diseases
13:29, 10 November 2018

Security Service of Ukraine

The State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) terminated the activity of the group, which set the trafficking and the illegal sale of poor-quality medical supplies for patients with oncological diseases in Ukraine. The press office of SBU reported this on Saturday. 

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The Security Service documented that the smugglers set shipments of large quantities of medical supplies from the aggressor state to sell them to cancer patients in Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi, and Vinnytsia. The items were sent via an international mail service and distributed with the help of the doctors of the regional oncology clinics.  

Also, falsified medicines for cancer patients have been imported from Turkey and India. The transportation of the supplies was conducted with the blatant violation of storage conditions, which led to the loss of medication effect. 

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The law enforcement officers seized hundreds of packs of smuggled drugs from the defendants in the case in Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv and Khmelnytskyi regions. None of the medications were registerted in Ukraine.

A criminal proceeding is initiated for smugging of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. It is punished with imprisonment from ten to twelve years with confiscation of property. 

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