(Louisville, KY) – A Grayson County Doctor was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Louisville Monday, August 12, 2013 for the use of a birth control device that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dr. James Buck, a gynecologist/obstetrician at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, was sentenced to one year probation on one misdemeanor count of misbranding. He must also pay $17,294 in restitution and a $1,000 fine with a $25 penalty fee. Prosecution of this case was handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky.
The charge against Dr. Buck was the result of an investigation by General Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control, the FDA Office of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Buck pled guilty through Information in U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky to ordering Mirena IUD devices from an online Canadian pharmacy. The misbranding charge stems from his introduction of these devices into interstate commerce.
Investigators discovered Buck's fraudulent activity while looking into a similar case involving an Elizabethtown, Ky. osteopath.