- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - A senior health ministry official has been detained on suspicion of accepting bribes of face cream and money in exchange for giving operating licenses to pharmacies, the latest case of suspected corruption in Romania’s underfunded health care system.

Anti-corruption prosecutors detained Mihaela Udrea Friday for 24 hours, on suspicion she received six bribes in her ministry office where prosecutors found some 6,000 lei ($1,520), perfumes and expensive creams. Udrea heads the medicine policy department.

The Alliance of Medics praised prosecutors for tackling corruption in the health system. This week a hospital manager was arrested after prosecutors allegedly caught him taking a bribe on the street.

Romania has stepped up its anti-corruption drive in recent months.

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