Research by Apache shows how 'chronic fatigue specialist' Kenny De Meirleir sells his patients, through numerous small companies, often controversially expensive tests and medication that he prescribes himself.

Protea Biopharma, Red Laboratories, Kalida, ProHealth, Nexavir, ... For people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and seeking help from Professor Kenny De Meirleir, they undoubtedly ring a bell. These are laboratories where De Meirleir's patients, on his prescription, often have extremely expensive but scientifically controversial tests carried out. These tests would indicate whether they suffer from CFS or other similar disorders. But there are also names of companies, whether or not established abroad, where patients buy medication or food supplements on prescription from De Meirleir. Sometimes patients pay thousands of euros per month for this.

Research by Apache shows how all these companies and laboratories have one thing in common: they all point to Kenny De Meirleir. He is the doctor who prescribes the tests, the medication and the supplements to his patients, but at the same time he is also the man who, as an 'entrepreneur', earns a lot of money directly or indirectly through the companies that sell them.

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Tom Cochez

Tom Cochez is a Belgian investigative journalist.

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