Seven Ohio oncologists have been charged with illegally importing non-FDA approved cancer medication. The doctors were charged with a misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the purchasing of misbranded or counterfeit drugs. The accused doctors are: Ranjan Bhandari, Timmappa Bidari, David Fishman, Su-Chiao Kuo, Marwan Massouh, Poornanand Palaparty, and Hassan Tahsildar. If convicted, each faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Who: Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA_OCI), Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General., U.S. Department of Justice.
When: August 13, 2013, 2013.
Where:Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
How: Investigation by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigation.
Additional details: The doctors are alleged to have purchased several cancer medications, including Zometa, Kytril, Taxotere, Gemzar, Eloxatin and others, from foreign sources. None of the drugs cited were FDA-approved or tested.
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