Another cancer doctor charged with buying misbranded drugs

Jun 13, 2013 Full story: WCYB 33

A federal grand jury has indicted another cancer doctor in the region on charges that his practice purchased medications from sources not approved by the FDA.

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Just Sad

Elizabethton, TN

#1 Jun 13, 2013
Dr. Sen. So sad!
just a crook

Greeneville, TN

#2 Jun 13, 2013
he should be put in jail and never get out!!!!
Heeler

Greeneville, TN

#3 Jun 13, 2013
I have never heard a bad word said about the man, but if he was giving "cheaper" drugs an charging the insurance the regular price I hope they lock his azz up. It is not like these fn Doctors are not making a killing anyway. No pun intended.

Since: Dec 12

Indian Trail, NC

#4 Jun 13, 2013
Hmmm not knowing more, I'm on the fence with this one. Did he do that to save a few bucks or have the good faith belief that he was saving lives of his seriously ill patients by skirting around the wait for FDA approval? While the latter would still be wrong, it would be the "easier pill to swallow". I've always heard rave reviews by his patients & their families.
good person

Johnson City, TN

#5 Jun 13, 2013
I don't care what anybody says he is a good and caring dr.
Cheese Puff Daddy

Farmington, MO

#6 Jun 13, 2013
Check this out

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/02/1...

I've been researching this stuff. My friend used it on his dog after rumors were found. After 2 chemo treatments supplemented by this stuff and a cancer starving diet, the dog now shows no signs of cancer at all. The Vets were shocked. I have to wonder if this doctor had led his patient in this direction. Just a thought
WTF

Johnson City, TN

#8 Jun 13, 2013
Death penalty express lane!.... greedy bastards... He told my mother she had 6 weeks to live wanted to do chemo and radiation every day for 6 weeks. He said the treatments were textbook any oncologist would give the same treatment. bullshit I took her to Peter Carter in Knoxville TN and he did chemo once a month for a yr then started the radiation. She lived 2 yrs instead of 6 weeks.. F__K him... Medicare fraud for fake treatments and he should be charged with murder for every patient that died on his watch... they were not given a chance to fight cancer... NO MERCY!!!!!
greeneville

Greeneville, TN

#9 Jun 14, 2013
every single person that went to him and died those years he was using those drugs should sue him,for every penny he has greedy bastard!!!!
Cheese Puff Daddy

Farmington, MO

#10 Jun 14, 2013
greeneville wrote:
every single person that went to him and died those years he was using those drugs should sue him,for every penny he has greedy bastard!!!!
How do dead people sue somebody?
greeneville

Greeneville, TN

#11 Jun 14, 2013
there familys you smart as!!!!
David

Greeneville, TN

#12 Jun 14, 2013
WTF wrote:
Death penalty express lane!.... greedy bastards... He told my mother she had 6 weeks to live wanted to do chemo and radiation every day for 6 weeks. He said the treatments were textbook any oncologist would give the same treatment. bullshit I took her to Peter Carter in Knoxville TN and he did chemo once a month for a yr then started the radiation. She lived 2 yrs instead of 6 weeks.. F__K him... Medicare fraud for fake treatments and he should be charged with murder for every patient that died on his watch... they were not given a chance to fight cancer... NO MERCY!!!!!
I agree with you, but he will be right back practicing with no jail time

“See you in the funny papers...”

Since: Mar 13

Location hidden

#13 Jun 14, 2013
My father was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer a little over a month ago and has recently begun chemo & radiation. He had an adverse reaction to the original chemo cocktail that was employed to combat the tumor, stopped breathing, and nearly died. So, let me say that I would be FURIOUS to find out that his physician is/has been using drugs that are not FDA approved so that he could make a few bucks. And, I disagree that this doctor will continue practicing b/c, even if he is acquitted, he will still likely lose his medical license and, if nothing else, will likely be sued by some of the families of patients who died under his care, so his malpractice insurance will take a beating & he will probably be dropped.
just want to know

United States

#14 Jun 14, 2013
Is Dr. Patel messed up in this?
Cheese Puff Daddy

Farmington, MO

#15 Jun 14, 2013
greeneville wrote:
there familys you smart as!!!!
Lmmfao! Guilty as charged!!
CUFA

Greeneville, TN

#16 Jun 14, 2013
just want to know wrote:
Is Dr. Patel messed up in this?
Dr Patel and his Knoxville group have nothing to do with this
Cheese Puff Daddy

Farmington, MO

#17 Jun 14, 2013
To those of you that are dealing with or are close to someone who is fighting cancer, has the oncologists discussed cancer starving diets?
Hmm

Jonesborough, TN

#18 Jun 14, 2013
Nita Mann wrote:
Hmmm not knowing more, I'm on the fence with this one. Did he do that to save a few bucks or have the good faith belief that he was saving lives of his seriously ill patients by skirting around the wait for FDA approval? While the latter would still be wrong, it would be the "easier pill to swallow". I've always heard rave reviews by his patients & their families.
If he was skirting around for FDA approval, I'm certain he would inform his patients about the life saving drug that wasn't approved yet. That way it would be their choice to take the chance of taking it. Almost always when the Fed's bust you, you are guilty. Seeing that they know how many drugs were bought and when it started and how much he padded medicare for, he is in some deep do do. It goes back to what the good book says: The love of money (GREED) is the root of all kinds of evil.
Linus

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Jun 14, 2013
Not a case of using drugs for new purposes that are not FDA approved. this is called off label (it's not possible for him to get stuff that is not approved yet for any indication)

This is a case of buying existing, well established drugs from a shady wholesaler because the shady, unlicensed wholesaler is selling the drug for 30-40% of what a legitimate business would charge. A one doc chemo shop can't afford to stay in business because it doesn't have the purchasing power needed to buy drugs at prices below the rate at which Medicare reimburses the doc. so they're forced to cut a lot of corners to avoid having to join the hospital or a bigger group.

If not greed, he could claim stupidity/ignorance. But the law doesn't care what the reason is, and he'll be barred from Laughlin, from Medicare, from insurance contracts and then patients can sue for anything left over after his Medicare fraud penalty. Treble damages on 38 felony counts means a penalty that is 8 figures. If he had that kind of money, he wouldn't be in this town still. So if there are any victims, they are likely SOL.
observer

Greeneville, TN

#20 Jun 14, 2013
Linus wrote:
Not a case of using drugs for new purposes that are not FDA approved. this is called off label (it's not possible for him to get stuff that is not approved yet for any indication)
This is a case of buying existing, well established drugs from a shady wholesaler because the shady, unlicensed wholesaler is selling the drug for 30-40% of what a legitimate business would charge. A one doc chemo shop can't afford to stay in business because it doesn't have the purchasing power needed to buy drugs at prices below the rate at which Medicare reimburses the doc. so they're forced to cut a lot of corners to avoid having to join the hospital or a bigger group.
If not greed, he could claim stupidity/ignorance. But the law doesn't care what the reason is, and he'll be barred from Laughlin, from Medicare, from insurance contracts and then patients can sue for anything left over after his Medicare fraud penalty. Treble damages on 38 felony counts means a penalty that is 8 figures. If he had that kind of money, he wouldn't be in this town still. So if there are any victims, they are likely SOL.
He used more hospitals than Laughlin.Several in this area.

“See you in the funny papers...”

Since: Mar 13

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#21 Jun 14, 2013
Cheese Puff Daddy wrote:
To those of you that are dealing with or are close to someone who is fighting cancer, has the oncologists discussed cancer starving diets?
Not that I'm aware of, but I'll research it. My dad is pretty stubborn, though, and he's unlikely to go for the idea of starving anything. He's a meat & potatoes guy & it takes an act of God to get him to eat anything green besides lettuce.

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