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Russian doctor is acquitted of drug trafficking charges for providing opioid to a dying man

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7097 (Published 21 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7097
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

A doctor and a pharmacist in Russia have been acquitted of drug trafficking charges for helping a dying man get the pain reliever tramadol, after a three year legal battle, Human Rights Watch has reported.1

The patient, Viktor Sechin, who had a physical disability, died from cancer in 2011. He usually received tramadol free under a state run programme designed to benefit socially vulnerable people, …

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