The doors have officially closed at a local medical center that specializes in hormone replacement.
In December, a judge ordered HRC Medical Centers to stop making false and misleading claims in its advertising. The court says the company intentionally did not tell patients about the potential health risks and side effects of some treatments.
A Davidson County judge appointed a Nashville attorney, John McLemon, to take full control and operate HRC.
McLemon says the Knoxville office closed January 2 and the Nashville office has been sold to another company. He says the legal team is still working to gather all of HRC's assets, then determine what happens to medical records. he is also working to establish a line of communication for patients trying to reach HRC.
The treatment in question is called Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT. According to the attorney general's office, the hormone therapy can cause blood clots, heart attacks, cancer and other side effects in both men and women.
Officials say HRC patients who have medical questions at this point should call their physician, and legal questions should go to the state attorney general's office. You can reach them at (615) 741-1671.