America's Frontline Doctors Plans to Open Clinics as California Medical Board Investigates Founder - 2021-12-20
America's Frontline Doctors, an organization that has been widely criticized for spreading false information about Covid-19 vaccines and advocating for potentially dangerous replacements, is expanding. According to a newsletter the group sent to its supporters last week, "AFLDS is opening its first medical clinic in the coming months, with many more planned shortly after." The email includes a link to forms that can be filled out by doctors and nurses who want to work with AFLDS, and pharmacists who want to fill prescriptions for unproven Covid-19 medications, so they can become part of the AFLDS network.
The expansion comes amid increased scrutiny of AFLDS from the media, Congress, and the Medical Board of California. Doctors associated with AFLDS have prescribed hundreds of thousands of patients hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin through a telemedicine service, hacked records obtained by The Intercept revealed in September. And the network of online health care companies associated with AFLDS have charged patients millions of dollars. In October, citing The Intercept's report and related reporting by Time magazine, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis announced an investigation into AFLDS and the companies it works with, calling them "predatory actors" that have been "touting misinformation and using it to market disproven and potentially hazardous coronavirus treatments." Pressure has been mounting for the California medical board to strip AFLDS's founder, Simone Gold, of her license in the state. Gold, who was arrested and charged after the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, refers to Covid-19 vaccines as "experimental biological agents." The Intercept confirmed that the board is actively investigating Gold, though it declined to share further information about the investigation or make any statements about Gold, saying that such matters are confidential until the state attorney general's office files a complaint.