A physician who was prescribing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine through America’s Frontline Doctors’ telemedicine website lost all of her medical licenses. The website no longer has a physician who can prescribe medications.
America’s Frontline Doctors is a group of people (many are not physicians) who have not, despite the name, served on the COVID-19 frontline, but who appear more as a political lobbying group, and who have a history of claims without foundation.
Let’s take a look at what happened here just so you know how bad this organization is.
America’s Frontline Doctors’ de-licensed doctor
Kathleen Ann Cullen, who would see patients via telemedicine through America’s Frontline Doctors, has a “delinquent” license in Florida, an “inactive license in North Carolina, and revoked licenses in Alabama and Kansas.
According to NPR, each telemedicine appointment cost US$90, and the physicians would provide prescriptions for ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to patients with COVID-19. Neither drug has been authorized by the FDA to treat COVID-19, and neither drug has shown any effectiveness in treating the disease.
Alabama had revoked Cullen’s license in November 2021 as a result of an investigation into her telemedicine activities including prescribing practices and a lack of oversite of nurse practitioners (NPs) who were supposed to be working under Cullen’s supervision.
Documents from January 2021 detailed an Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners hearing that provided evidence of Cullen’s relationship with a Utah-based telemedicine company, Bronson Medical, whose owner had previously pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud.
According to the Department of Justice (DOJ, Bronson Medical’s scheme involved having doctors, along with the NPs and physician assistants/associates (PAs) under their supervision, write medically unnecessary orders for genetic cancer screening tests for Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). This allowed Bronson Medical to get reimbursed for unnecessary tests from Medicare and other healthcare insurers.
These orders were written “Those orders were often written “without performing legitimate medical consultations and after only cursory telephonic interactions with the Medicare beneficiaries,” according to DOJ documents. The DOJ also stated that the supervising physicians had “no legitimate clinical or collaborative relationship” with the NPs and PAs they were supposed to supervise.
Less dramatically, Kansas had suspended Cullen’s license in May 2021 for failing to pay her annual license fees since March 2018. I guess her telemedicine business got in the way of keeping up with her license fees in Kansas.
Cullen’s Florida license expired on January 31 2022 and is labeled “delinquent.” Maybe she couldn’t pay that fee either?
Simone Gold, MD, JD, who runs America’s Frontline Doctors, pleaded guilty last month to one of five criminal counts against her in connection with her participation in the January 6 violent attack and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building. She pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering a restricted building and grounds. Gold is set to be sentenced in June and could be ordered to serve up to 6 months in prison. She still maintains an active medical license in California.
To be fair, Cullen did not lose any of her licenses because of COVID-19 disinformation, she appeared to lose all but the Alabama license because of non-payment of license fees. It seems amazing to me that she can’t be bothered with keeping her licenses up-to-date, but it’s good for the world that she can’t prescribe useless medications to people.
According to Nick Sawyer, MD, MBA, executive director of No License for Disinformation (NLFD) and an emergency physician at the University of California Davis:
COVID-19 disinformation fuels the demand for ineffective medications like ivermectin.
Doctors disseminating COVID-19 disinformation have created a self-sustaining profit model by telling their followers verifiably false information about COVID-19 vaccines, and then selling them unproven medications. NLFD is pleased to see that one of these physicians is no longer able to take part in this operation, but these scams will continue until law enforcement intervenes to shut them down for good.
This population is the same group of unvaccinated people who show up in hospitals around the country, critically ill with COVID-19 when the ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine prescribed to them inevitably fails. This is a public health issue. Why these telemedicine operations still exist is totally perplexing.
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