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2nd Johnson City cancer doctor, wife charged with using unapproved cancer drugs

June 13th, 2013 9:52 pm by Becky Campbell

2nd Johnson City cancer doctor, wife charged with using unapproved cancer drugs

Dr. Anindya Kumar Sen

GREENEVILLE — Federal indictments have been placed against a doctor with practices in Johnson City and Greeneville and his wife charging them with purchasing unapproved drugs and providing them to patients.

On Tuesday, a federal grand jury handed down indictments with 38 felony charges against Dr. Anindya Kumar Sen and his wife, Patricia Posey Sen, of the East Tennessee Cancer and Blood Center. Patricia Posey Sen is the center's practice manager.

Both locations of East Tennessee Cancer and Blood Center were open and operating as usual late Thursday afternoon.

In the Greeneville office, Trish Sen said “we are completely innocent and will plead not guilty.” 

The Sens are due to appear in U.S. District Court June 27. 

The charges stem from purchases drugs not approved by US Food and Drug Administration from a drug provider in Canada beginning April 2009 through March 2012.

Court documents alleged the Sens knowingly bought the misbranded drugs, provided them to their patients and billed Medicare and other government and private health benefits programs for about $3.2 million.

The indictments include one count of conspiracy against the United States; 29 counts of introduction into interstate commerce a misbranded drug with intent to defraud or mislead; seven counts of knowingly importing merchandise contrary to law; and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. (See the full indictment from federal court here.)

The Sens’ indictments came one day after another Johnson City doctor, William Kincaid, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and fined $10,000 after his conviction in a similar case.  He will also pay 60 percent of a $4.5 million restitution settlement with the federal government and state of Tennessee.

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