A Kentucky obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. James Buck, has been sentenced to one year of probation and required to pay over $18,000 in fines after he pled guilty (Download James Buck Plea Agreement) to one misdemeanor count of drug misbranding. Dr. Buck was accused of purchasing unapproved foreign “Mirena” IUDs via a so-called Canadian online pharmacy and then passing them off as FDA-approved devices.
Who: Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control, Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigation (FDA-OCI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
When: August 12, 2013, April 2008-May 2009.
Where:Grayson County, Kentucky. U.S.A.
How: Investigation by Kentucky State Attorney’s Fraud unit.
Additional details: Dr. Buck’s crime was first uncovered while the Kentucky Attorney General’s investigators were pursuing a similar case with an osteopath in Kentucky.
“ Attorney General Conway Announces Sentencing of Grayson County Doctor for Use of Non-FDA Approved Birth Control Device,” Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky Press Release. August 12, 2013.
“ Grayson County doctor gets probation for ‘misbranding’ of birth-control device,”Kentucky.com. August 12, 2013.
“ Grayson County Doctor Gets 1 Year Probation,”WBKO. August 12, 2013.