Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Zanola to Remain Free Pending the "Medicine Mafia" trial

Recent events in Argentina have shocked citizens as those in the power to protect their health have been implicated in the "Medicine Mafia" scandal where top leaders are accussed of distributing counterfeit, aduterated,and expired medications for life threatening diseases. Here is one of the latest developments in the case from Buenos Aires Herald:

Federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide authorized Bank Clerks' union leader Juan José Zanola to remain free pending a trial in which he is charged with adultering medicines.

Zanola will have to pay three million and and his girlfriend Paula Aballay, a million pesos bail money for that freedom.

According to Federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide, Zanola would have been "highly compromised" in the purchase of the adulterated medicine from San Javier pharmaceuticals for the Bank Clerks' health centre. The pharma company is owned by businessman Néstor Lorenzo, currently in prison. San Javier manufactured drugs for cancer and aids patients.

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