Former McDonald physican sentenced for selling free drug samples

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A former physician in McDonald has been sentenced in federal court to one year of probation with 200 hours of community service for the unlawful sale of pharmaceutical drug samples.


U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab on Friday also imposed a $5,000 fine on Douglas Dunham, 77, of McDonald, who pleaded guilty in the case Nov. 7, court records indicate.


Dunham operated a family medical practice for more than 20 years in his hometown and received free samples of prescription drugs from pharmaceutical representatives. The drugs were not intended to be sold, but should have been given away free to patients to promote the medications, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton stated in a news release.


For the past eight years, Dunham charged his patients a fee for the drugs.


The court considered the voluntary surrender of his medical license to be part of his punishment in the case.


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