If you're being treated for cancer in Illinois, the news that a doctor close by in Ohio has been bringing in unapproved drugs may surprise you. The FDA does monitor drugs to make sure they're safe, and imports like this could put you at risk. Malpractice lawsuits take place for incidents ranging from minor mishaps and serious medical mistakes, and in this case, a doctor has been fined for importing a drug that isn't approved for use. That doctor is just one of seven who will have to pay close to $2.6 million in restitution and fines for importing the unapproved drugs.
According to the story, the 56-year-old doctor with offices located in Calcutta has been fined by a federal judge and ordered to pay $1.14 million in civil settlement costs and fines. The doctor had admitted to bringing in a shipment of drugs across the border and into the country. The drugs were apparently not approved by the FDA.