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Roche drug maker confirms it's being probed in Romania

Swiss drug maker Roche being probed in in Romania in wide-ranging medical corruption case

Roche drug maker confirms it's being probed in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirms it is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs.

Roche Romania told The Associated Press on Friday it was "fully cooperating" with anti-graft prosecutors and would provide the requested information.

Authorities have refused to say which companies are being probed, but Romania Curata, a site which reports on corruption, said 11 companies have been targeted, including Roche Romania, GlaxoSmithKline Romania and Pfizer Romania.

Some 61 homes and offices were searched in Bucharest and in the northwest Tuesday in a probe centered on a number of medical institutes and the way certain cancer medicines were purchased and prescribed, according to anti-corruption chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.

Updated : 2021-09-29 06:47 GMT+08:00