Dr. Randall King is one of hundreds of doctors charged in a nationwide Medicaid fraud sweep. He admitted to billing Medicaid 68,000 dollars for IUDs not approved by FDA on Thursday.
The US government actually issued a warning on this very issue a few years ago.
He tried to save patients money. That’s why Dr. Randall King, through his attorney, says between 2010 and 2012 he imported intrauterine devices intended only for use in Turkey.
“The tragic situation is, it appears to be the same product that’s being sold made by the Bayer company, large German national corporation. It’s unfortunate a doctor can’t buy them cheaper and then now find themselves in a situation like this,” said Dr. King’s attorney William Johnson.
The situation? He broke federal law. The IUD’s were not FDA approved. Dr. King then billed medicaid 68,000 dollars for the devices
“We’re any patients at risk at all? No, not at all.”
“I just felt like I knew it wasn’t right.”
An Owensboro woman, we’ll call Jane, says Dr. King implanted her IUD in 2011 and charged Medicaid for his services. It’s unknown if her device came from overseas.
“Two weeks into it I was having complications, like a stabbing, pulling pain and he said the IUD must not be right. I asked him to just have it out. So he said it’s not coming out. And I’m like, ‘What do you mean it’s not coming out?'”
Jane says Dr. King had to surgically remove it. Due to complications, he removed her uterus too. A hysterectomy at 22-years-old.
“My life has been ruined where I have so much pain”
The FDA issued an alert in 2010 warning practitioners nationwide not to use unapproved IUDs. That’s due to concerns on their effectiveness, safety and potential for fraud and counterfeiting.
“The FDA issues things all the time and the doctors spend all the time reading and memorizing, they’d almost need to go to law school in order to keep up with the situation. Doctors are out there to treat patients and do good for people not necessarily interpret laws.”
“It kind of ruined me and my fiance’s relationship because we were going to wait a couple years to have a girl, we wanted that girl. I just never did. It was conned into me that I’m done.”
The alert follows a class action lawsuit filed in Rhode Island, where OBGYN’s were buying cheaper, non-approved versions of IUDs through a Canadian pharmacy and charging insurers full price.
A five million dollar settlement was just reached in March.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean the devices in other places are different devices, they may be exactly the same device. I can’t say for sure, but they may be produced by the same company with the same amount of hormone and that exact device had it come through the U.S. would have had the FDA seal of approval,” said Dr. Colleen McNicholas of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says OBGYNs in private practice charge as much as 1,000 dollars for an IUD. The same non-FDA approved version is reportedly half the cost. In his effort to save money, Dr. King will refund the government paying 68,000 dollars in restitution.
Through the plea agreement, Dr. King will also have a 1,000 dollar fine and be on probation for one year. A judge must sign off on that. Dr. King’s sentencing hearing is set for July 14. His attorney says his medical license will not be impacted, however Eyewitness News has been unable to confirm that with the Kentucky Medical Licensing Board.