The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has settled allegations against a Stockton, California oncologist for dispensing counterfeit and unapproved chemo drugs to his patients. Under the terms of the deal, Dr. Neelesh Bangalore will pay the government $736,000. As part of the deal, Dr. Bangalore was not required to admit any wrongdoing.
The Justice Department accused Dr. Bangalore of dispensing Altuzan, a chemotherapy drug, to his patients. The drug was allegedly imported into the U.S. by Warwick Healthcare Solutions Inc. (Richards Pharma). Warwick is not licensed by the FDA.
Unapproved AND Counterfeit Altuzan with no API
Worse than the licensing problems, Altuzan is not FDA approved. Although apparently approved for use in Turkey, it is not distributed in the U.S. The FDA claims it tested the drug dispensed by Bangalore and determined it was counterfeit and contained no API....