NJ doctor won $130,000 on illegal cancer drug scheme
ELMWOOD PARK — A pain management doctor has admitted his role in a scheme to illegally buy and sell cancer drugs to earn more than $130,000.
Jon Paul Dadaian, 53, pleaded guilty on Monday to illegally selling prescription cancer drugs.
Federal prosecutors said Dadaian, a board-certified anesthetist, had the prescription drugs delivered to his office in Elmwood Park.
Drug brands Dadaian purchased included Herceptin and Rituxan, according to a criminal complaint. Both are FDA approved and intended for the treatment of cancer.
Herceptin and Rituxan are also cold chain biological infusion drugs. Manufacturers are selective and “tightly control” which distributors can receive these drugs, prosecutors said. Improper storage will cause rapid degradation and decreased efficiency without visibly changing the appearance.
In 2012, the New York doctor met two people who ran two companies that were wholesale distributors of prescription drugs. Federal prosecutors have not named the other two people involved.
Authorities said wholesale distributors were not allowed to obtain and sell the two drugs. Instead, they used Dadaian’s medical license and bank account to purchase the cancer drugs.
Using this illegal workaround also allowed wholesale distributors to get the drugs at a discount.
Once the pharmaceuticals were delivered to Dadaian’s office in Elmwood Park, he resold them to distributors. Dadaian earned $130,500 over six years, prosecutors said.
As part of his plea deal, Dadaian must repay the full restitution. He could also face up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for September.
Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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