Obgyn and gyno dr vo
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Elizabethtown, KY

#1 Mar 21, 2013
A federal grand jury indicted a Hardin County gynecologist on more than a dozen criminal charges.

Dr. Cahn Jeff Vo, 45, runs a women's healthcare center in Elizabethtown and faces 13 federal counts including health care fraud, mail fraud, misbranding and smuggling.

The charges are detailed in a 10 page indictment and stem from crimes federal prosecutors said the doctor behind Bluegrass Women's Healthcare was committing.

Vo is the owner, president and supervising physician at the Elizabethtown facility where he offers gynecological and obstetric services.

Between March 2008 and September 2009, the U.S. attorney's office believes Vo was doing much more.

According to a federal indictment handed down this week, the doctor is accused of buying and inserting into patients foreign, non-Food and Drug Administration-approved Mirenas, a form of intrauterine birth control.

Authorities said labeling on the devices wasn't in English and didn't provide proper directions for use.

The indictment shows the devices were imported and unlawfully introduced into interstate commerce from different countries, including Canada.

Federal prosecutors believe Vo then billed insurers, including Kentucky Medicaid, as if he was giving out the FDA approved version of Mirena, at a greater cost.

If convicted, Vo faces up to 233 years in prison and a fine of around $3 million

According to online records, Vo graduated medical school in 1993 and has been licensed in Kentucky since 1999.

The doctor was not available for comment at his office Thursday and employees inside locked the door.

A representative at the U.S. attorney's office said Vo hasn't been arrested.

Elizabethtown, KY

#2 Mar 21, 2013
Where can I find this??

Lexington, KY

#3 Mar 21, 2013

Antioch, TN

#4 Mar 21, 2013
Wow, he delivered my child in 2009 and was suppose to start my fertility procedure next week.
Kimberley Lott

United States

#5 Mar 21, 2013
I gave birth to all three of my son's threw Dr Vo's office. I was given the iud in 2010. should i be worried about any long term issues.

Vine Grove, KY

#6 Mar 21, 2013
i would not be any more worried about a foreign mirena than a u.s. approved one.

i like dr. vo and think he is a good doctor.... he is one of several doctors across the country that are being brought up on these charges and tho i dont think its right if he knowingly defrauded the state but then again they knowingly defraud us all the time.

like canada cant produce decent mirenas?

they all have risks... you are inserting a forreign object into your body that releases hormones.... of course there are risks.
but i hope you have no complications.....

the more and more i research this... it just sounds like the govt has found another way to squeez money out of ppl.

Elizabethtown, KY

#7 Mar 22, 2013
It doesn't matter if they produce good mirenas or not!!! They are not FDA approved!!! And he obtained them illegally. He is an educated doctor for god sake. He knew what he was doing.

Greensburg, KY

#8 Mar 22, 2013
I am no more a fan of the government and their regulations than the next person. However, not providing the care and protection to one's patients ticks me off considerably. Especially when one of those patients is my wife. And my wife has had complications and we have had no answer to what is causing them.
We trusted a physician and that trust has been broken. You can have your opinion of how good a doctor is, but don't tell me not to be concerned when my family was deceived and possibly provided unsafe medical attention. Your words exactly "a foreign object inserted into your body". Shouldn't an individual have trust in their physician when a procedure like that is done?

United States

#9 Mar 22, 2013
He delieved my son oct.24.2012 , only saw him maybe 3 or 4 times . Was planning on getting the mirena . Good thing i didn't !
Need to Investigate

United States

#11 Mar 22, 2013
People don't know the whole story. You really need to consider, why is it that the same drugs and devices are sold in Canada and the US and for some reason we pay astronomical prices in the US compared to what they charge for the identical drug or device in Canada? These IUD's were bought from Canada...do you really believe that a Canadian uterus is different than an American uterus? Do you really believe that the Canadian Health Care system is subpar to the US health care system? The FDA approved device and the Canadian device were all made by the same company at the same plant in Finland. Do you really believe they are making bad Mirena's and sending them to Canada and the good ones are all going to the US because they have FDA approval??? Or is this just another way for the federal government to extort money from doctors because they did something that they very well did not know was illegal? Seriously, doesn't everybody know somebody who has opted to buy their prescription drugs from Canada because it's safe and cheaper.

United States

#12 Mar 22, 2013
Dr vo was my doc for my last pregnancy I thought he did a good job every time I would see him he was very caring I was a high risk pregnancy
Need to Investigate

United States

#13 Mar 22, 2013
And for those who say they have had issues with their Mirenas, google it. There are tons of search results concerning Mirena lawsuits...and those are involving the ones that are FDA approved. Just like any drug or device, there may be side effects or complications. This does not make the Canadian Mirena any less safer than the US FDA approved Mirena or vice versa. Good doctors all over the US are being crucified for making an apparently safe business decision. Don't the feds have real criminals to prosecute??? Or is this what our taxpayer dollars are funding?

United States

#14 Mar 22, 2013
Don't know the man & have never been treated by him, but isn't 233 years a little harsh to anyone else? If he did this then yes he deserves some jail time & should pay a large fine. But 233 years? You can kill someone & not get a sentence that tough! Its nice to see what the government really cares about is money. I guarantee that the 3 people in E-town who either killed or almost killed their babies won't get such a harsh sentence.
replying to Need to inves

Nashville, TN

#15 Mar 22, 2013
Is that you Brooke Benningfield-Lions? defending your boyfriend? so in another words are you saying what he did was OK?
insurance fraud was ok?
people's lives at risk is ok?

Elizabethtown, KY

#17 Mar 22, 2013
while i dont agree with going to a male gynecologist, i think the charges are insane, the devices he used probaly just as good as the so called fda approved version

Lexington, KY

#18 Mar 22, 2013
I wonder if the mirina was the only device that wasn't FDA approved because he just done my esure procedure wonder if i should I be worried and check into it

United States

#19 Mar 22, 2013
I can see him getting in trouble for the fraud but they are taking it too far with the 233 years. I also don't give a damn about the fact that they weren't FDA approved. Look how many drugs are FDA approved that later are found to cause cancer, kidney failure, and hundreds of other illnesses. The FDA, like any other government organization is a joke. The government is angry because money was taken from them. That's it. People don't realize how little insurances pay doctors. I'm not saying he wasn't wrong and didn't break the law but they are going overboard on these charges.

United States

#20 Mar 22, 2013
Also I got and IUD put in at Dr Vo's office at the end of 2007. It wasn't the mirena but hearing this news doesn't make me distrust my IUD any more than i did before. The body isn't made to have an iud so they are all unsafe. I'm pretty sure the side effects of the ones in Canada are the same as the one's that are FDA approved and I'm also sure that the people implanted with these had the discussion explaining what could happen and given paperwork on it just like everyone else

Elizabethtown, KY

#21 Mar 22, 2013
I agree they are going way overboard on this. I have heard plenty of times that people have had complications with mirena too so who's to say that's any safer just because its FDA approved. What he did was wrong yes but fine him and move on. There are much worse criminals in the world that get away with things they shouldn't just because the government is more worried about their money not their citizens. 200 years in jail is absolutely nuts.

Tompkinsville, KY

#22 Mar 22, 2013
I know Dr. Vo he was never my physician but I believe he is a good man. 200 years in jail is OUTRAGEOUS! This man saved lives, delivered babies, so what if Mirena came from Canada! Too harsh way too harsh...furthermore what about that infant that was recently killed! Did not see any 200 year sentance for that post!!!

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