7 Ohio Oncologists Charged with Illegally Importing Non-FDA approved Cancer Medication

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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.

Related sources:

Seven Oncologists Charged With Importing Unapproved Drugs,” U.S. Department of Justice Press Release. August 13, 2013.

August 13, 2013: Seven Oncologists Charged with Importing Unapproved Drugs,” FDA Press Release. August 13, 2013.

NE Ohio doctors accused of importing unapproved drugs,”CantonRep. August 13, 2013.

Seven NE Ohio doctors charged with illegally importing unapproved cancer drugs to U.S.,”Cleveland.com. August 13, 2013.

Westlake, Parma oncologists charged with importing non-FDA cancer drugs,”WKYC.com. August 13, 2013.