Dr. Ann Kinnealey can no longer practice medicine in Illinois after a hearing by the Illinois State Medical Board determined that she purchased misbranded cancer medication from foreign supplier, Quality Specialty Products (QSP). QSP was a wholesale subsidiary of Canadian Internet Pharmacy giant, CanadaDrugs.
Dr. Kinnealey had her 2 medical licenses suspended on April 21 for “purchasing non-FDA approved, misbranded cancer chemotherapy prescription drugs to be used in her oncology practice between 2008-2012,” the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation stated in their judgment. Her license suspensions affected her right to practice medicine and to prescribe medication.
According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Kinnealey’s medical license was suspended “based on unprofessional and immoral conduct and fraudulent or deceptive statement in a document related to the practice of medicine, to wit: Respondent illegally acquired non-FDA approved chemotherapy medications and administered said medications to oncology patients.”
The Baltimore Sun reported that Kinnealey purchased cancer drugs from QSP between 2008-2012, and continued purchasing the questionable cancer medication even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detained some of her drug purchases in 2009.
The Baltimore Sun also reports that Kinnealey deferred federal prosecution by agreeing to pay approximately $129,000 in restitution and fines for defrauding Medicare. They report that Kinnealey’s prosecution is one of several throughout the U.S. that have been brought against doctors who have purchased misbranded and fake cancer drugs from QSP.