State places HRC Medical Centers in receivership

Temporary injunction addresses company's product claims

Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Amanda McClendon has appointed a temporary receiver over HRC Medical Centers, Inc., and ordered the company’s owners to stop making alleged unsubstantiated and misleading claims regarding its treatment programs, Attorney General Bob Cooper announced today.

The court order places HRC Medical Centers and its assets under control of receiver and Nashville attorney John McLemore, who is required to ensure that the company is operated in accordance with state and federal law.

The temporary injunction prohibits HRC Medical Centers, Inc., HRC Management Midwest, LLC, Don Hale, and Dan Hale from making claims that the company’s alternative regimen of “bio-identical” hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) are safe, involve no cancer risk and have no or minimal side effects.

HRC officials could not be reached for comment.

HRC Medical Centers, which is based in Franklin, has operated in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis clinics that have sold BHRT.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” Cooper said in a release, “and urge any consumer who has taken HRC’s alternative regimen of ‘bio-identical’ hormone replacement therapy to contact his or her health care provider about any potential adverse health effects from the therapy as soon as possible.”

The state’s action was brought on behalf of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs.