Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

08/11/1997

[Federal Register: August 11, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 154)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Food and Drug Administration
[Docket No. 94N-0193]
Robert E. Sacher; Debarment Order
AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an order under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) permanently debarring Dr. Robert E. Sacher, 117 Deer Path Lane, Weston, MA 02193, from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. FDA bases this order on a finding that Dr. Sacher was convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product under the act. Dr. Sacher has failed to request a hearing and, therefore, has waived his opportunity for a hearing concerning this action.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 11, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Application for termination of debarment to the Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 12420 Parklawn Dr., rm. 1-23, Rockville, MD 20857.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leanne Cusumano, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-7), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-594-2041.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

  1. Background

    On June 1, 1992, the U.S. district court for the District of Massachusetts entered judgment against Dr. Robert E. Sacher for one count of corruptly influencing, obstructing, and impeding the due administration of justice in an administrative proceeding of FDA, a Federal felony under 18 U.S.C. 1505.

    As a result of this conviction, FDA served Dr. Sacher by certified mail on November 25, 1994, a notice proposing to permanently debar him from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application, and offered him an opportunity for a hearing on the proposal. The proposal was based on a finding, under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the act (21 U.S.C. 335a(a)(2)(B)), that Dr. Sacher was convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product. Dr. Sacher did not request a hearing. His failure to request a hearing constitutes a waiver of his opportunity for a hearing and a waiver of any contentions concerning his debarment.

  2. Findings and Order

    Therefore, the Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, under section 306(a) of the act, and under authority delegated to her (21 CFR 5.99(b)), finds that Dr. Robert E. Sacher has been convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product.

    As a result of the foregoing finding, Dr. Robert E. Sacher is permanently debarred from providing services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application under sections 505, 507, 512, or 802 of the act (21 U.S.C. 355, 357, 360b, or 382), or under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262), effective August 11, 1997 (sections 306a(c)(1)(B) and (c)(2)(A)(ii) and 201(dd) of the act (21 U.S.C. 321(d))). Any person with an approved or pending drug product application who knowingly uses the services of Dr. Sacher, in any capacity, during his period of debarment, will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(6) of the act). If Dr. Sacher, during his period of debarment, provides services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application, he will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(7) of the act). In addition, FDA will not accept or review any abbreviated new drug applications or abbreviated antibiotic drug applications from Dr. Sacher during his period of debarment.

    Any application by Dr. Sacher for termination of debarment under section 306(d)(4) of the act should be identified with Docket No. 94N- 0193 and sent to the Dockets Management Branch (address above). All such submissions are to be filed in four copies. The public availability of information in these submissions is governed by 21 CFR 10.20(j). Publicly available submissions may be seen in the Dockets Management Branch between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dated: July 18, 1997.
Janet Woodcock,
Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
[FR Doc. 97-21085 Filed 8-8-97; 8:45 am]
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