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Spanish special forces dismantle parallel trade network that caused drug shortages

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h490 (Published 05 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h490
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

A network of dozens of pharmacies across Spain that were used to store drugs for sale into markets across Europe at large profits has been dismantled in what the Civil Guard has called Operation Noisa.

A total of 49 people, including 12 pharmacists, have been arrested, and six warehouses and around 60 pharmacies across Spain have been raided in the operation.

The network purchased certain drugs in large quantities from Spanish pharmacies and stored them in warehouses. It subsequently sold the drugs in other European countries where prices were higher, including Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The practice of parallel trade—which …

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