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Police break up false prescription racket in Italy

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Italian police say they have broken up a vast network of corrupt doctors, pharmacists and pharmaceutical sales reps that used false prescriptions to defraud the national health service. After raids on 168 premises, police have gathered evidence against 90 individuals, including 14 now in precautionary detention and 30 others under house arrest. Applications to withdraw professional licences from seven doctors and seven pharmacists have also been made.

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