Dr. Anindya Kumar Sen
A local doctor and managing physician of East Tennessee Cancer & Blood Center, P.C., and his wife, the practice manager of the clinic, who were accused of purchasing and distributing unapproved drugs to patients, entered not guilty pleas during an arraignment hearing in U.S. District Court in Greeneville Thursday, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to the release, Dr. Anindya Kumar Sen, 64, and his wife, Patricia “Trish” Posey Sen, 65, who were indicted on June 11 on federal charges of introduction of misbranded drugs with intent to defraud and mislead, importing drugs contrary to law, conspiracy to commit those offenses, and conspiracy to commit health care fraud, pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis H. Inman.
In April 2009, the Sens reportedly started obtaining more than $3 million in foreign drugs not approved for use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and gave them to patients at the two cancer clinics in Greeneville and Johnson City. In the release, “claims were then submitted to Medicare, TennCare, and other health care programs falsely representing that FDA-approved drugs had been administered.”
In the release, the drugs allegedly had come from a drug provider in Canada and were not approved by the FDA. The purchases allegedly continued through March 2012.
The Sens, released pending a trial on Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court, face terms of up to 20 years in prison on the health care charge.
According to the release, each also face unlawful importation charges, fines up to $250,000 per count and up to three years of supervised release.
Prior to Thursday’s arraignment, Trish Sen said “we are completely innocent and will plead not guilty.”
The Sens’ indictments came after another Johnson City doctor, William Kincaid, was sentenced to two years in federal prison. He was fined $10,000 after his conviction in a similar case and will also pay 60 percent of a $4.5 million restitution settlement with the federal government and state of Tennessee.