Santa Fe doctor prescribed birth control without FDA approval


SANTA FE (KRQE) – Some New Mexico women are about to learn their IUD wasn’t approved by the FDA.

A Santa Fe doctor admits she used the Mirena birth control devices on women that she got from a Canadian pharmacy. Dr. Barbara Vaneeckhout also admits she billed patients and insurance companies at the higher rate for FDA approved devices.

As part of a settlement with the New Mexico Medical Board Vaneeckhout has agreed to notify all affected patients and advise them of their right to reimbursement.

Vaneeckhout used to have her own practice in Santa Fe. She is now working in Los Alamos. The medical board opted not to take any action against her medical license. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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