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Doctor pleads not guilty in chemo fraud case
Cancer doctor pleads not guilty to charges she diluted chemotherapy drugs, used old needles
By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ' A Mississippi cancer doctor has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare by diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old needles.

Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Clinic in Summit, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

Sachdeva's attorney, Robert McDuff, had not comment after the hearing.

Prosecutors say Sachdeva gave patients less chemotherapy or cheaper drugs than they were told, while billing Medicaid and Medicare for more. Prosecutors say the clinic also billed for new syringes for each patient even though it reused some on multiple people.

The Mississippi Health Department closed the clinic in July. Officials are in the process of testing hundreds of patients for HIV and other diseases because of concerns of contamination from dirty needles.

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