German hospital rejects blame for cancer deaths

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22 November 2005, KASSEL, GERMANY - A German private hospital rejected Monday any responsibility for the deaths of 147 cancer patients who were treated in the city of Kassel four years ago with an ineffective Russian remedy.

22 November 2005

KASSEL, GERMANY - A German private hospital rejected Monday any responsibility for the deaths of 147 cancer patients who were treated in the city of Kassel four years ago with an ineffective Russian remedy.

Prosecutors are investigating a 52-year-old doctor for fraud. He was arrested a week ago in Austria. Germany is seeking his extradition. He allegedly bought the remedy, Galavit, in Russia for 380 dollars per patient, and sold it in Germany for 26 times as much.

The Carolinum Clinic in Bad Karlshafen outside Kassel insisted Monday it had nothing to do with the deaths, as the patients had not died in the hospital but after being discharged into private medical treatment.

About 200 patients were "treated" with Galavit in 2000 and 2001. The remedy does not cure cancer and has never obtained European regulatory approval. The Clinic denied any financial involvement in the scheme. It said it had assisted police with their inquiries.

The Clinic said it was shown Moscow University studies at the time suggesting Galavit was effective. After doubts about whether it was a true cure, the hospital had ended its business relationship with the doctor.

DPA

Subject: German news

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