The state attorney general's office has launched an investigation into a highly-advertised medical procedure at three Tennessee HRC Medical clinics, including one in Knoxville.
In a press release Wednesday afternoon, A.G. Robert Cooper's office said HRC Medical is accused of not telling patients about possible health risks involving their hormone replacement therapy treatments. They said HRC's hormone replacement therapy, they brand it as "Amor Vie" gives doses to customers that are too high, potentially leading to serious illnesses including cancer.
In the 164-page complaint, filed Monday in Davidson County Circuit Court, the Attorney General claims the company was "saturating the commercial marketplace in Tennessee with false and misleading statements and material omissions about the safety, efficacy, benefits, side effects and risks of defendant HRC Medical's alternative regiment of 'bio-identical' hormone replacement therapy."
10News was unable to contact the spokesperson with HRC Medical in Nashville Wednesday, but in 2010, former chief medical officer for the company Dan Hale said "Amor Vie" is safe.
"All the good things that we had when we were young, we don't have to give them up just because we lose our hormones. Can't stop aging, but we can sure stop the loss of hormones and we can do it by using 'bio-identical hormones,' something that we normally produce when we're 20, 30 years old," Hale said on October 20, 2010.
With the center of the investigation over the bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, 10News talked to Dr. Bob Overholt about if patients need to worry.
"My feeling is all patients that are having problems with hormone replacement therapy, see a gynecologist. Let them discuss the pills that are available, or the bio identical replacement therapy," Dr. Overholt said.
A.G. Cooper's office adds HRC Medical violated the "Tennessee Consumer Protection Act" which protects the public over false claims by businesses.
The complete complaint from the Tennessee Attorney General is available on the State of Tennessee's website.