Former Deputy Minister of Health sentenced to four years in prison in a case of fake drugs | Company
Hanoi (VNA) – Former Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong was sentenced to four years in prison first instance trial the case relating to the trade in counterfeit drugs labeled Health 2000 Canada; lack of responsibility leading to serious consequences; and abuse of position and power in the line of duty, which occurred in HCM City, other locations, and the Department of Health’s Drug Administration (DAV).
The Hanoi People’s Court sentenced Cuong on May 19 for lack of responsibility resulting in serious consequences.
Two other defendants, Nguyen Viet Hung, former deputy director of the DAV; and Le Dinh Thanh, a former official in the Ho Chi Minh City customs department – were sentenced to three and two years respectively, on the same charge as Cuong.
Two former DAV officials – Pham Hong Chau and Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy – were sentenced to four years for abuse of position and power in the line of duty.
Nine other defendants were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 6 to 20 years for dealing in counterfeit drugs.
According to the verdict of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, as head of the DAV from 2007 to 2016, Cuong failed to fulfill his responsibility to supervise and inspect the work of experts in the evaluation and licensing of seven types medicines, which led to the approval of import and consumption records of six of the seven counterfeit medicines, labeled Health 2000, in Vietnam for a total value of more than 148 billion VND.
After the drugs were imported and consumed in Vietnam, although he received information about the alleged origins of the drugs, Cuong did not issue orders to stop their circulation, nor to recall and destroy the drugs. . As a result, domestic medical institutions continued to use counterfeit drugs supplied labeled Health 2000 Canada with no clear origin to treat patients with a total value of over VND 3.7 billion.
Meanwhile, former DAV deputy director Hung failed to perform his assigned duties and functions properly, thus failing to detect and stop wrongdoing by his subordinates in the assessment and clearance. medication./.