Gerry Brown

White Pine, TN

#1 Oct 23, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- A Nashville court has issued a temporary restraining order against a Franklin-based hormone replacement therapy company after the state attorney general filed a lawsuit for making unsubstantiated health claims and failing to advise patients of potential side effects.

Attorney General Bob Cooper said in a news release on Wednesday that the Davidson County Circuit Court order temporarily halts claims and practices by HRC Medical Centers Inc., which has branded clinics in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville.

A message left at the company's corporate headquarters seeking comment wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

The state sued the company, its owner, Don Hale, and former company officer, Dan Hale, on Monday under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. The lawsuit says the company's "bio-identical" hormone replacement therapy was a cocktail of mega-doses of testosterone at many times higher than levels normally found in the body.

A 2011 report by WTVF-TV ( http://bit.ly/QiocaA ) talked to a female patient who said her voice deepened and she grew facial hair after receiving the treatment. The TV station reported state records showed a doctor at the clinic was reprimanded by the state Board of Medical Examiners over treatment that resulted in an overdose of testosterone for one patient.

The HRC website also lists locations in Atlanta; St. Louis; Tampa; Lexington and Louisville, Ky.; Glen Burnie, Md.; Grand Rapids and Wixom, Mich.; Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.; Dublin and Fairfield, Ohio; Greeneville, S.C.; and Glen Allen, Va.
gerry brown

Sevierville, TN

#2 Oct 24, 2012
Dr Dan Hale HRC
Physician faces loss of license

State consumer-affairs officials allege Dr Dan Hale and his brother, Don Hale, engaged in serial, multi-level misrepresentation, fraud and deception in promoting an unproven hormone-replacement therapy for men and women.
The Hales and their companies are named as defendants in a painstakingly detailed, 160-page civil complaint filed by Tennessee District Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr. and an assistant prosecutor, Brant Harrell.
While the complaint alleges specific and numerous violations of the consumer-protection laws, the Hales have not been charged with a crime.
Cooper wants a judge to dissolve the companies, HRC Medical Centers Inc. and HRC Management Midwest LLC, which have branded affiliates in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis and 21 other states.
The attorney general also wants to claw back profits the Hales earned, force them to pay restitution to alleged victims, pay civil penalties and compel the Hales to pay for the costs of the investigation and prosecution.
A Nashville judge has ordered HRC Medical Centers to temporarily halt their alleged false claims and contractual practices related to its so-called “bio-identical” hormone-replacement therapy.
The Hales will have the opportunity to oppose the court order at their next scheduled court appearance, Nov. 15.
The Hales marketed BHRT as cure or treatment for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, high cholesterol, depression, arthritis, memory loss, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, restless-leg syndrome and fibromyalgia, according to the complaint.
The massive doses of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone given to women and huge doses of testosterone given to men actually have negative side effects that are recognized by mainstream medical doctors and medical societies, according to Cooper.
The attorney general represents the potential negative outcomes common to both women and men are an increased chance of heart attacks, blood clots, strokes, cardiovascular problems, as well as permanent hair growth on the face, chest and buttocks and increased anger or aggression.
Women who take large doses of hormones have higher incidences of breast and endometrial cancer, menstrual-type bleeding in menopausal women, a deepening of the voice and extended or permanent disfigurement of genitals.
Possible ailments peculiar to men are an increased chance of prostate cancer, testicular atrophy, infertility and development of breast tissue similar to women.
The complaint alleges the Hales were aware of the side effects of the hormones, but they continued to prescribe them and they used questionable marketing tactics to sell the hormone pellets that were implanted beneath the skin, which created another problem.
Patients were invited to “free” consultations at the clinics, and were asked to rank symptoms they experienced on a 1-to-10 scale.
Frequently, if they indicated they sometimes experienced “tiredness” or “poor focus” they were deemed suitable candidates for BHRT,
At that point, a salesperson explained the payment options, and encouraged them to sign up for a one-year treatment, which cost between $2,000 and $3,000 for women and $3,000 and $4,000 for the men, even if they had to borrow money to pay, the complaint alleges.
Once the contract was signed, a nurse drew blood for routine tests, but the patient had already signed the contract. Only Don Hale and his wife, Dixie, were authorized to refund money, but they were loathe to do so, according to prosecutors.
Cooper alleges company had well-documented quality-control problems related to compressing the pills prior to mass shipments to the clinics.

The allegedly fallacious construct went like this: people in their 20s and 30s have high hormone levels, and typically don’t have heart attacks, strokes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions associated with age.
People are stupid

Murfreesboro, TN

#3 Oct 24, 2012
Anyone who is going in and not researching side effects of hormones deserves exactly what the get.
Google search it and I will tell you in black and white what the side effects are. You cant turn back the hands of time with no consequences.
There is also research that shows it can help many things (sex drive, energy, well-being, strength, vitality, etc.) also.
This is a basic case of buyer remorse nothing else.
Joe Morris

Hermitage, TN

#4 Dec 12, 2012
This is a witch hunt. When they say several times what is normal, they mean what is normal for a 60 year old man. Reporters conveniently leave that part out. HRC admittedly returns my testosterone level (I'm 47), to that which is normal for a 20-30 year old man. Secondly, the treatment is bio-identical testosterone, but it's FAR safer for me to receive treatment for low testosterone than for me to crash below 100 ng/dl, and every doctor knows that creams and gels DO NOT WORK, offing no significant change to testosterone levels in the blood. What are my alternatives? Crash to dangerously low testosterone levels? Self medicate with steroids? No, the AG does not have the patients welfare in mind. And reference to a supplying clinic that has had "problems" is a nonsense complaint when that clinic is still open and operating legally.
Bombadier

La Grange, KY

#5 Dec 12, 2012
One woman grew hair on her chest. Went all the way down to her penis. Little too much testosterone I would say.
Bombadier

La Grange, KY

#6 Dec 12, 2012
People are stupid wrote:
Anyone who is going in and not researching side effects of hormones deserves exactly what the get.
Google search it and I will tell you in black and white what the side effects are. You cant turn back the hands of time with no consequences.
There is also research that shows it can help many things (sex drive, energy, well-being, strength, vitality, etc.) also.
This is a basic case of buyer remorse nothing else.
People are stupid, but that doesn't license one to run a con game. That's what makes a con game work in the first place.

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