The nurse who brought out cytostatics from Oncology received 2 years in prison

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The nurse from the Oncology Clinic Amela Osmanovic was sentenced to a two-year prison term, because she took ampoules, including cytostatics intended for cancer patients, from the Clinic on three occasions, on three different days, with the intention of acquiring material wealth.

The verdict, which "Sloboden Pechat" had an insight into, is final. The prosecution demanded a higher prison sentence, but the Appeal did not respect such a request.

The case that was conducted against the 29-year-old nurse is separate and not related to the large investigation into the abuse of biological therapy at the Clinic, where the Public Prosecutor's Office suspects 5 people, including four doctors.

Despite the fact that Osmanović was sentenced to 2 years in prison, she left the country as a passenger in a car owned by a man at the Tabanovce border crossing even before the trials began, so she was tried in absentia, she is not available to the law enforcement authorities. and he has not begun to serve his prison sentence.

There were no precautionary measures for her, such as the confiscation of her passport due to the risk of flight, before the court proceedings began.

The crime for which the young nurse was convicted is embezzlement. According to the verdict, on February 22, 2023, at 11:28 a.m., she took ampoules from the Oncology Clinic in Skopje while she was performing her regular work tasks in the therapy preparation room. She hid the ampoules in herself, and on a suitable occasion she took them out of the Clinic in order to hand them over to another person without authorization.

Five days later, on February 27 at 8:43 a.m. while performing her duties in the cytostatics preparation room, she took new drugs – 5 ampoules of Docetaxel of 80 milligrams, 5 ampoules of Epirubicin of 50 milligrams, and then she hid them in herself and took them out of the workplace in order to hand them over to another person without authorization.

The next day, on February 28, 2023, at 9:28 a.m. and 500 minutes, she took two larger bottles of "Calcium Folinate" ampoules of 300 milligrams each, two larger bottles of "Pacitaxel" ampoules of 8 milligrams each and 80 smaller bottles of "Docetaxel" ampoules of 200 milligrams each. . The total value of the drugs that day was around XNUMX euros, and that was also the last time the sister took out drugs, as police officers found them in her car parked in front of the hospital.

From the verdict, in which the editors of "Sloboden Pechat" had an insight, it follows that some of the ampoules were returned to the Oncology Clinic after they were seized by police officers who found them in Osmanović's car parked in front of the Clinic.

The oncology clinic did not demand compensation from her, precisely because of this fact – the ampoules were returned and were in good condition.

On February 28, 2023, the responsible persons of the Cytostatic Therapy Department (day hospital) of the Radiotherapy and Oncology Clinic noticed that drugs were missing from the work room. The Clinic was immediately controlled and a conversation was held with the employees of the Clinic, including the nurse Amela Osmanović, and an examination of her purse, cupboard and car was carried out, during which 12 ampoules of three different types of drugs were found, which were confiscated and taken to the Centar police station.

At the same time, footage from the security camera was taken from the Clinic, showing that she committed the crime. After the event that happened on February 28, 2023, an extraordinary inventory was carried out at the Oncology Clinic, during which it was determined that a large amount of drugs was missing, so those responsible began to look at the security cameras for the previous days as well. After additional controls and a review of the security cameras, it was established that the accused took drugs on February 22 and 27.

During the inspection of Osmanović's vehicle, a yellow bag with the taken ampoules was found under the passenger seat.

Disciplinary proceedings were opened against Osmanović in 2020 for another delivery of drugs. It is a separate case for which there is already a first-instance verdict, but the decision is not final, so the prison sentence remains for the time being 2 years.

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