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Channel 4 Dispatches 17h
How Safe Are Your Medicines? Watch the full investigation now on -
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
NOW on + 1 - investigates: How Safe Are Your Medicines?
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
What I find extraordinary is that there hasn’t been openness about this having happened - that’s why there has to be an urgent review as a result of your investigation and reform. - Norman Lamb MP, former Lib Dem Health Minister
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
It’s not only life-changing, life altering, but it’s potentially life-ending. And it just shows you that the culture is still one of profit first, people second, patients last. - Sean, Epilepsy patient
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
Across Europe there are licensed wholesaler dealers... they buy products more cheaply then they sell them at a profit into the chain of pharmaceutical dealers and they end up here. - Graham Satchwell, Author of 'Counterfeit Medicines and Organised Crime'
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
If falsified medicines are getting onto the market in the United Kingdom, yes we should be worried because they’ll be ineffective or may give us side effects that we weren’t expecting to have. - Professor Atholl Johnston, Queen Mary University of London
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
This was clearly a product that was stolen in an Italian hospital and it passed through a UK wholesaler who bought the product from an Italian operator. - Dr Domenico Di Giorgio, AIFA, Italian Medicines Agency
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
NOW on - How Safe Are Your Medicines? Dispatches exposes how criminal gangs linked to the Italian mafia infiltrated the NHS supply chain leading to thousands of unsafe drugs being dispensed to patients with serious conditions.
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
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WATCH: How Safe Are Your Medicines? Tonight at 8 on [8/8]
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
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And Dispatches identifies one of Britain’s largest high street pharmacy chains who got caught in this illegal trade in medicines stolen from Italian hospitals. [7/8]
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
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UK wholesalers bought the drugs through a standard legal practice called parallel trading, where medicines are bought abroad at a cheaper price and sold in Britain for a profit - but this meant falsified drugs got caught up in the British medical supply chain. [6/8]
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
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More than 10,000 units of stolen drugs had arrived in Britain by 2014 - Dispatches obtained a list of the 25 stolen medicines bought by UK drug firms licensed to supply the NHS, including medicines for diseases such as prostate cancer and multiple sclerosis. [5/8]
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
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The first indication that this had affected Britain was after a German firm said they had bought a batch of the breast cancer drug Herceptin from a UK wholesaler - the drug had been tampered with and was ineffective. [4/8]
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
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Between 2011 and 2014, thousands of critical drugs went missing across Italy after hospitals were raided and lorries transporting medicines were hijacked by criminal gangs linked to the mafia. [3/8]
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
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And we can shockingly disclose how medial authorities knew some of these stolen medicines had gone to patients, in some cases they had sanctioned it but only “after careful consideration of the risk to patients.” [2/8]
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
THREAD: Dispatches exposes how criminal gangs linked to the Italian mafia infiltrated the NHS supply chain leading to thousands of unsafe drugs being dispensed to patients with serious conditions. [1/8]
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
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WATCH: How Safe Are Your Medicines? Tonight at 8 on
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
In many cases, the medicine we are prescribed has been bought at a cheaper price abroad, then sold for a profit into the UK medical supply chain - it's called parallel trading. Dispatches asks how safe is this legal but controversial practice?
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
TONIGHT - exposes how criminal gangs linked to the Italian mafia infiltrated the NHS supply chain leading to thousands of unsafe drugs being dispensed to patients with serious conditions. How Safe Are Your Medicines? - 8pm on
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Channel 4 Dispatches Jun 17
How Safe Are Your Medicines? TONIGHT at 8 on after
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