June 30, 2016

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Local doctor accused of prescribing unapproved drugs

CLEVELAND — A Medina County doctor is one of seven Ohio oncologists charged with importing cancer medications that had not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

The doctors were charged with causing the shipment of misbranded drugs, a misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Dr. Su-Chiao Kuo, 60, of Granger Township, could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening at her office on Center Road, in Brunswick.

Others charged and the cities where they practice are Timmappa Bidari, 68, Parma; David Fishman, 62, Euclid; Marwan Massouh, 54, Westlake; Poornanand Palaparty, 62, Cleveland; Hassan Tahsildar, 55, Euclid; and Ranjan Bhandari, 56, East Liverpool in Columbiana County.

The doctors are accused of obtaining drugs, including Zometa, Kytril, Taxotere, Gemzar, Eloxatin and others, from outside the United States, where the drugs were not approved by the FDA, according to the charges.

“These doctors used drugs that had not been approved by the FDA,” Dettelbach said. “Our office is committed to working with our partners to make sure patients are getting medicine that has been properly inspected.”

If convicted, the doctors face up to one year in prison and fines up to $100,000.

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