WHAT: Dr. Meera Sachdeva, 50, of Mississippi was charged in federal court with stealing $15.1 million from Medicaid and Medicare by overcharging for unused chemotherapy drugs and reusing old needles on multiple patients.
HOW: Court records list how many drugs Sachdeva actually purchased and compares it to the costs billed to Medicaid and Medicare. The clinic billed for 142,200 milligrams of Erbitux, even though it only bought 45,100 milligrams.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Authorities closed Sachdeva’s clinic for “unsafe infection control” after 11 patients went to hospitals with bacterial infection from contaminated needles. Some 400 patients are being tested for disease.