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PF carries out operation in 5 states against the sale of fake medicines coming from Bolivia

The Federal Police took to the streets in five states this Thursday (20) to execute search and seizure and arrest warrants against a group suspected of selling counterfeit medicines to public bodies.

The agents carried out 15 search and seizure warrants and two preventive arrest warrants, in addition to kidnapping assets, in five states: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul and Bahia.

The warrants are in the cities of Curitiba (PR), Francisco Beltrão (PR), Corumbá (MS), Ladário (MS), Campo Grande (MS), Birigui (SP), São Caetano do Sul (SP), Rio de Janeiro ( RJ), Nova Iguaçu (RJ) and Jacobina (BA).

A CNN found that the two targets of arrest are responsible for supplying fake medicines produced in Bolivia and brought to Brazil. One was arrested, who is a medical student, and another is being sought by the PF.

The scheme

The investigation began when information from the Civil Police of Paraná indicated that a company that won a tender in 2022 to supply immunoglobulin to the General Hospital of Curitiba would be involved in the supply of counterfeit medicines.

After the seizure of the medicines, the Federal Police confirmed the complete falsification of the medicines, from the boxes, which were falsely identified, to their composition, which revealed the absence of immunoglobulin, as it should have contained.

According to investigations, the counterfeit medicines originated in Bolivia. Two foreigners, one of whom was a medical student, were identified as the main suspects for selling the medicines.

Investigations revealed that the criminal group under investigation managed to sell approximately R$11 million in counterfeit immunoglobulin medications to various public bodies in the state of Paraná.

The suspects are being investigated for crimes such as criminal association, bid fraud and counterfeiting of medicines.

Source: CNN Brasil

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