Johnson City

Guilty plea in unauthorized cancer drug trial

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The manager of a Johnson City cancer clinic has entered a guilty plea to receiving unapproved drugs.

32-year-old Michael Dean Combs pleaded guilty to receiving misbranded drugs in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act..

According to his plea agreement, Combs was the business manager for McLeod Cancer and Blood Center, which provides care and treatment for patients with cancer and blood diseases.

The plea agreement says the center bought large amounts of prescription drugs to be administered through the clinic from a Canadian business which got the drugs from foreign sources. Those drugs were not approved by the FDA to be used or distributed.

Comb faces up to a year in prison and fines up to $100,000.

His sentencing is set for April 1, 2013.

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