Doctor accused of smuggling unapprove...

Doctor accused of smuggling unapproved cancer drugs into U.S.

There are 3 comments on the www.latimes.com story from Aug 18, 2008, titled Doctor accused of smuggling unapproved cancer drugs into U.S.. In it, www.latimes.com reports that:

Upland doctor accused of smuggling unapproved cancer drugs into U.S. Vinod Patwardhan is arrested and charged with breaking interstate commerce laws.

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protect the innocent

Newport Beach, CA

#1 Oct 25, 2008
attorny timothy j donahue of orange ca has served a class action lawsuit against dr vinod patwardhan the upland doctor arrested for drug smuggling.the trial looks to be riveting.stay tuned!patients want justice..its comming wait and see.

Since: Dec 05

Union, NJ

#2 Oct 29, 2008
Doctors Buying Illegally Imported Cancer Drugs Putting Patients at Risk

First settlement in case made today by New York doctor

NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/

A whistleblower lawsuit has exposed an illegal scheme where doctors have purchased illegally imported cancer drugs as a way to cut their costs and boost their income. In doing so, the doctors risked the effectiveness of their cancer patients' treatment and defrauded the Medicare program.

In the first settlement of its kind, an oncologist in Flushing, N.Y., Dr. Kee Y. Shum, has agreed to pay $275,000 to the federal government to settle allegations against him that are part of the "qui tam" (whistleblower) lawsuit, the whistleblower's lawyers and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York announced today.

"By participating in this scheme, doctors risked the health and safety of their patients with cancer by buying drugs that may have been counterfeit or contaminated," said Colette G. Matzzie, a Washington, DC, attorney with Phillips & Cohen LLP, which represents the whistleblower.

Doctors could purchase the illegally imported drugs for less than what they would have paid for oncology drugs purchased legally and profited off the "spread" between the two prices when they sought reimbursement from Medicare.

The doctors couldn't verify the country of origin of the drugs, and there were no controls on the drugs to ensure they were effective and to ensure they weren't counterfeit or contaminated.

The whistleblower, Dr. Suby Rao, and his counsel, Phillips & Cohen, worked with federal investigators to uncover the illegal drug importations and were assisted by New York City attorney Jonathan Willens.

"Assistant U.S. attorneys Paul Kaufman and Deborah Zwaney have done a tremendous job investigating and pursuing these illegal drug importations that could harm cancer patients," attorney Matzzie said. "We hope that the settlement with Dr. Shum is the first of many enforcement actions taken against doctors who illegally import oncology drugs."

Phillips & Cohen specializes in representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act. Cases brought by Phillips & Cohen and its attorneys have returned more than $2 billion to the U.S. Treasury.

SOURCE Phillips & Cohen LLP
protect the innocent

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jun 28, 2009
Attorney Timothy Donahue continues to accelerate the pace and pressure in the $100 million law-suit against convicted doctor in southern California..

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