Johnson City doc gets two years for using unapproved, Canadian drugs

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Johnson City doctor was sentenced to two years behind bars for receiving drugs from Canada that weren't approved by the FDA, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Last December, William Ralph Kincaid, 68, pleaded guilty to receiving misbranded drugs with intent to defraud or mislead. He had faced up to three years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Kincaid was the managing partner for East Tennessee Hematology-Oncology Associates, P.C., which the Attorney's Office described as a professional corporation providing care and treatment for patients with cancer and blood diseases.

In his plea, Kincaid admitted his center purchased large amounts of prescription drugs, including chemotherapy drugs, and administered them. The center then tried to get reimbursed by Medicare and TennCare, as well as other health programs.

"It was about greed (and the) a professional corporation providing care and treatment for patients with cancer and blood diseases. "motivation to make more money," said Judge Greer, explaining the seriousness of the sentence.

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