Bozeman, Dr. Ronald M. Buss fined $150,000 for illegal drug dispensing at weight loss clinics
BILLINGS (STL.News) A Bozeman doctor who admitted illegally dispensing appetite suppressants without seeing clients at clinics in Bozeman and Billings was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $150,000, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said.
Dr. Ronald M. Buss, 71, pleaded guilty on Oct. 1, 2020 to an information charging him with two counts of unlawful dispensing and distribution of controlled substances by registrant, a misdemeanor.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. Judge Cavan further prohibited Dr. Buss from personally dispensing or prescribing three weight loss drugs involved in the case for the duration of his probation.
Court documents filed by the prosecution said that in 2009, Buss became the medical director for Go Figure, a weight loss clinic in Bozeman, and a year later became the director for Go Figure in Billings. Buss is registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and is authorized to dispense controlled substances.
Go Figure prescribed three types of weight loss drugs: Phendimetrazine and Benzphetamine, both Schedule III controlled substances, and Phentermine, a Schedule IV controlled substance.