California medical officials have revoked the license of a Buena Park-based obstetrician and gynecologist. The Medical Board of California upheld charges against Bayardo Cruz for Medi-Cal fraud and administering intrauterine devices (IUDs) unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration.
That all changed when a local medical supply company, Universal Services, approached the doctor and offered him IUDs at a significantly lower cost of $30 per device. The company claimed the product was comparable to Paragard, but branded it under a different name; the devices were manufactured in Mexico and unapproved by the FDA. Cruz, however, took up the offer, and for every purchase of the $30 IUD, his office continued to bill Medi-Cal for the ParaGard version. Public records show that Cruz received reimbursements amounting to $38,321.12, and inserted 110 non-FDA approved IUDs in patients—the effects of which are unknown and haven't been reported.