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Man Gets 2 Years in Prison for Cancer Drug Scheme

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A California man has been sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to distribute unapproved chemotherapy drugs to doctors throughout the United States.

A federal judge in St. Louis handed down the sentence Thursday for James Newcomb of La Jolla, Calif. He pleaded guilty in February. Newcomb also must forfeit $1.4 million and a Land Rover.

Newcomb and others distributed prescription drugs from other countries to doctors, including St. Louis County oncologist Abid Nisar. The drugs were not the versions approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Nisar pleaded guilty in February to a federal misdemeanor for using drugs provided to him by Newcomb and another person. He was sentenced in May to two years of probation, fined $25,000 and ordered to pay $1 million.

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