- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Joplin oncologist has been sentenced to five years of probation for dispensing unapproved cancer medication to patients.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/1MvuEb3 ) reports 74-year-old Robert L. Carter was also ordered in federal court Wednesday to finish payment of $2.1 million in criminal penalties as part of a plea deal for selling foreign, “misbranded” drugs from Canada to cancer patients.

Prosecutors said the drugs had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and weren’t labeled as prescription-only, and that some did not have mixing and use instructions in English.

Authorities said Carter bought about $1.2 million worth of drugs and received nearly $1 million in reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid programs in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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