The newspaper “Kyriakatiki Dimokratia” has published a document of the US Department of Justice, which was sent to Greek prosecuting authorities on January 23, 2018, and includes an FBI report regarding the bribery of politicians by Novartis.
“The government officials and the Health Minister were paid for the introduction of new products in the market and for protection from price drops. In 2011-2012 the pharmaceutical industry suffered major price drops. Novartis presented no such drop in oncology medicines, while presenting only limited drops in other medicines”, reads the document. According to the FBI report, public relations and event-planning companies were the main means used for the briberies.
Translation: Eleni Gogou