Done Global Federal probe expands to five more people; company suspended from Google, TikTok ad platforms

The first telemedicine prescribing Federal prosecution adds charges against five additional employees. The charges are similar to those for Ruthia He, the founder/CEO, and David Brody, listed as the clinical president of Done Global (Done)–providing easy online teleprescription access to Adderall and other Schedule II stimulants, skirting the normal restrictions provided in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and other regulations [TTA 19 June].

These new charges center on an alleged scheme to defraud federal health care benefit programs including Medicare and Medicaid and are part of the Department of Justice’s 2024 National Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action.

Those charged are Riley Levy, 30, Done’s executive leader, operations and strategy; prescribers Christopher Lucchese, DO, 58; and nurse practitioners Yina Cruz, 37, Katrina Pratcher, 70, and Erin Kim, 54. Levy, Lucchese, Cruz, and Pratcher were charged in the Northern District of California (US Attorney’s office release). Erin Kim was charged in the Middle District of Florida (Case Summary). 

Prescribers were paid based on initial consultations–if they took place–then auto-refills without follow up. Prescribers are also charged with writing prescriptions where Adderall, for instance, was not medically necessary and issued to people who did not have ADHD. Follow up meetings were not compensated and frowned upon.

  • Nurse-practitioner Erin Kim from Florida prescribed over 1.5 million pills since 2021 and earned over $800,000. Done’s system with auto refills even prescribed to patients who had died. As of the end of May, her patient roster was still over 1,100.
  • Nurse-practitioner Yina Cruz from New Jersey made about $20,000 a month prescribing primarily stimulants to 2,300 patients, according to a 2022 interview with The Wall Street Journal. She renewed prescriptions based on forms patients filled out online, sometimes as fast as two renewals a minute. 

Done didn’t respond to a request for comment from the WSJ. A spokesman for the founder, Ruthia He, said she hasn’t entered a plea. The senior doctor, David Brody, has pleaded not guilty. Done maintains a statement on its website of disagreement with the charges and continuance of normal operations.

Done Global knocked off of TikTok and Google ad services–but not Meta. In 2022, Done lost certification by LegitScript, a clearance service for telehealth companies. Advertising continued on Google, Meta, and TikTok into June. Last week, Google and TikTok told the WSJ that Done was suspended. Advertising continues on Meta (Facebook) as long as the ads promote a service, not prescription drugs. The numbers in a suffering online ad market aren’t small, either. Done spent $7 million on Meta ads since November 2022, $20 million on Google, and about $3 million on TikTok ads. based on documents reviewed by the WSJ. Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Standard

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