Grayson County doctor gets probation for 'misbranding' of birth-control device

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced Monday the sentencing of a Grayson County obstetrician/gynecologist for using in his practice a birth-control device that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. James Buck was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Louisville to a year of probation on one misdemeanor count of misbranding. He also must pay $17,294 in restitution and a $1,000 fine with a $25 penalty fee, a news release from the Attorney General's office said.

The charge against Buck was the result of an investigation by Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control, the FDA Office of Criminal Investigation and the FBI.

Buck pleaded guilty to ordering Mirena IUD devices from an online Canadian pharmacy. The misbranding charge stems from his introduction of these devices into interstate commerce, the news release said.