The Washington State Department of Health ordered the owner of a former medical research company not to practice medicine in the state.
Sami Anwar, 43, is currently serving a 28-year sentence in federal prison after faking drug trials, the Tri-City Herald reported.
He has been jailed since November 2018 when a federal grand jury returned indictments that led to a conviction on 47 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, fraudulently obtaining controlled substances and providing materially false information to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In July 2019, the Washington Department of Health’s Unlicensed Practice Program told Anwar that it planned to issue a cease and desist order because he did not have a doctor’s license. The final order announced this month completes the Health Department’s case and includes a $1,000 fine.
His sentence in federal court included an order to pay $1.9 million in restitution to victims of fraud, and federal authorities sought to recover $5.6 million from his assets.
Anwar operated Mid-Columbia Research and Zain Research in Richland. He trained as a doctor in Pakistan before moving to the United States in 2008. A naturalized citizen, he was unable to obtain his medical license in the United States, so he turned to research. For six years, he raised millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies and sponsors while pretending to test drugs for various studies.
Instead, it threw out some drugs, told its employees to falsify records, and kept incomplete records when study participants received experimental drugs. In one case, a man died while serving as a test subject in two different clinical trials at the same time.
Federal prosecutors said his actions put “millions of citizens in real danger by intentionally submitting fraudulent and corrupt medical data to a public health care system that Americans rely on every day.”