Originally published May 9 2014
Doctor falsely diagnosed woman with 'pre-leukemia' and prescribed illegal drugs, lawsuit claims
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) A court case out of Edwardsville, IL, alleges that Dr. Abid O. Nisar obtained illegal, unapproved pharmaceutical drugs from Turkey and used them on a woman he falsely diagnosed as having "pre leukemia."
The patient, Rosemarie Wendler, is suing Dr. Nisar for falsely diagnosing her with 'pre-leukemia' while treating her with smuggled drugs from Turkey.
After undergoing a bone marrow biopsy in 2009 to determine potential causes of her anemia condition, Wendler was given a biopsy report showing slight changes in three cell lines of her bone marrow. The test results concluded that the changes "may be related to some form of therapy, [or] vitamin deficiency." While doctors typically recommend further tests at this stage, Dr. Nisar wasted no time and diagnosed Wendler immediately with cancer.
The diagnosis hit Wendler hard and came on the same day the bone marrow tests were conducted. In a very hurried manner, the pre-leukemia diagnosis was stamped into her mind. For patients like Wendler, who trust a doctor's directive, this diagnosis must have been startling and terribly upsetting.
According to court documents, Dr. Nisar said to her, "if you want to save your life, you will begin treatments from me."
Doctor confesses of smuggling drugs from Turkey, defrauding MedicareThe first treatment Dr. Nisar ordered up came from the drug Vidaza, a pharmaceutical from Turkey. While maintaining that the drug was a legitimate chemotherapy agent, Dr. Nisar started her out on the foreign concoction. Not knowing any better, Wendler succumbed to his prognosis, all the while consuming a drug that was illegal and unapproved in the US.
"Defendant Nisar obtained the counterfeit drugs at deep discounts after they had been smuggled into the United States from Turkey in unrefrigerated containers," the lawsuit states.
In 2012, Dr. Nisar pleaded guilty to federal charges of "introducing misbranded and adulterated prescription drugs into interstate commerce."
That same year, in 2012, Dr. Nisar admitted to giving Wendler those drugs.
The US Attorney leading the case compared the drugs Nisar peddled in with "shooting craps."
Upon pleading guilty, Dr. Nisar received a $250,000 fine and two years of probation, including 200 hours of community service. Throughout his drug smuggling, he also made false claims to Medicare and other government health agencies.
In the end, Nisar agreed to repay more than $1 million in settlement money to resolve the Medicare fraud he perpetrated.
Wendler is now seeking compensation for medical malpractice, saying she was lied to about her entire pre-leukemia diagnosis. Feeling as if she was a medical experiment, Wendler says she suffered from emotional trauma from the false diagnosis. She also says the smuggled drugs gave her renal damage, fatigue and gastrointestinal disturbance.
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