Romania charges 77 physicians for taking bribes

Dozens of Romanian physicians were charged with taking bribes after a pharmaceutical company paid for their vacations in India in exchange for promoting anti-cancer medications to patients, according to ABC News.

According to prosecutors, an unnamed pharmaceutical company said it paid for 77 oncologists to attend a breast cancer congress in Bangalore, India, in March 2012, but the physicians were actually vacationing with family members in New Delhi, more than 1,250 miles away.

The pharmaceutical company paid $577,000, of which $463,000 was bribery money, prosecutors allege. They called the breast cancer congress "a pretext, a way of hiding the vacation given to medics by the company… to guide patients to the company's generic products."

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