Abid Nisar, a physician who has offices in Florissant, East St. Louis and Granite City, was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, 200 hours of community service and a $25,000 fine after pleading guilty in February to a federal misdemeanor charge of buying unapproved cancer drugs.
As part of a civil settlement, Nisar also agreed to pay back more than $1 million for submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for reimbursement of the cancer drugs. Nisar is ineligible to participate in the government health insurance programs for seven years.
Nisar bought foreign prescription drugs in 2010 and gave them to his patients without their knowledge, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said some of the drugs seized from Nisar did not contain the active ingredient and had labels that were incomplete or written in other languages.
Nisar admitted buying $352,504 worth of drugs from co-defendants James Newcomb and Sandra Behe, who pleaded guilty to charges related to prescription drug fraud but have not been sentenced.