At stake is the purchase of blood products and inactivated human plasma.

This was another phase of the “O Negative” operation, related to the investigation of frauds in the National Health Service (SNS), which led last year to the arrest of the former president of the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon And INEM, Luís Cunha Ribeiro, and Lalanda e Castro, former president of Octapharma in Portugal.

Approximately 50 inspectors of the PJ, three Judges of Instruction and three Attorneys General of the Republic of DCIAP carried out searches on 6th June 2017 in residences, accounting offices, doctors’ offices and hospital centers in Lisbon and Porto, in order to detect and apprehend elements related to the investigation.

During the proceedings of this Tuesday, three physicians were constituted defendants.