As a Fort Worth Medical Licensing and Doctor defense attorney I have written about the Grapevine Texas Gynecologists who were implanting Canadian bought FDA unapproved IUDs.
Now they are being sued by the Texas Attorney General on violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Fraud.
Similar cases have been brought in other jurisdictions, and what happened to those physicians is particularly instructive.
Ob/gyn Kelly Dean Shrum, DO, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas was investigated— In June 2009, FDA agents found unapproved Mirena IUDs in Dr. Shrum’s office — a discovery that triggered criminal and civil charges.
On October 2009, a federal grand jury indicted Dr. Shrum with drug misbranding, healthcare fraud (for billing the state Medicaid program for unapproved IUDs), and 3 counts of money laundering (for depositing money from an allegedly illegal activity in his bank account). Dr. Shrum faced a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for misbranding, and a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for healthcare fraud and for each count of money laundering, according to federal prosecutors.
In addition, former patients have filed a class-action suit against Dr. Shrum in a state court. They allege that by implanting unapproved IUDs in them without their consent, Dr. Shrum is at fault for medical negligence, unjust enrichment, violation of the state’s law against deceptive trade practices, and breach of fiduciary duty.
If convicted he would lose his medical license.
If you have been subjected to a TMB Inquiry Letter or TMB Disciplinary Process, then please contact the Fort Worth Texas Medical License Defense Attorney Dr. Shezad Malik. For a no obligation, free case analysis, please call 888-210-9693, 817-717-1772 or Contact Me Online.