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03/16

Doctors Accused Of Giving Toxic Chemicals to Patients

  Six East Texas doctors are accused of giving cancer patients toxic chemicals. The podiatrists, or foot doctors, and three of their employees are named in a 134 count federal indictment. 
  The doctors all worked at Doctor's Hospital in New Boston, close to Texarkana. The doctors are accused of giving cancer patients a toxic chemical known as DNP. DNP is used in wood preserving and in pesticides. The chemical is not approved for medical use, and the doctors were not qualified to work with the experemental drug. At least one patient died while on the treatment. They are also charged with health fraud for billing medicare for the drug. 
  The FBI has named James Naples the lead doctor in the case. He and one of his employees,  Linda Velvin were in Tyler Federal Court today for a detention hearing. Federal prosecutors argue both Naples and Velvin are flight risks. The hearing recessed late this afternoon and will continue tomorrow morning. Right now Naples is still in jail with out bond.

Michelle Mortensen, reporting.

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