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Lawsuit filed against Franklin hormone replacement company

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

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, as well as other states.

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.

Charlie Cannata, the former vice president of medical operations for HRC, told Channel 4 News that accusations the company overdosed patients was "absolutely and grossly misleading."

"We haven't overdosed anybody," said Cannata. "It all has to do with reference ranges and lab reports that are age-adjusted. The goal of the testosterone therapy is to restore the levels of that of a much younger, healthier individual."

"I'm surprised that the other hormone replacement therapy centers in Nashville are making the same claims and nothing has been placed against them," Cannata said.

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