Octomom Case Rattles Fertility Medicine

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The case of the doctor who lost his license for helping “Octomom” bear the world’s largest surviving brood of babies has rattled the field of fertility medicine — a $3 billion industry with little regulation.

When the Medical Board of California revoked the license of Dr. Michael Kamrava on Wednesday, it was a rare outcome that came more than two years after his patient Nadya Suleman gave birth to octuplets.

He’s allowed to keep practicing until July 1.

There are no laws that prevent doctors from implanting multiple embryos and possibly producing another “Octomom”-type case, but national guidelines have been tightened in the wake of the case to restrict how many embryos can be implanted in patients.

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