DEA: Truepill wrongfully stuffed prescriptions for stimulants

The Drug Enforcement Administration has alleged that on-line pharmacy Truepill wrongfully stuffed hundreds of prescriptions for stimulants used to deal with Consideration Deficit/Hyperactivity Dysfunction.

The San Mateo, California-based firm, which beforehand stuffed prescriptions for embattled psychological digital well being firm Cerebral, was served with an order to point out trigger Thursday.

The order is an administrative motion to find out whether or not a DEA certificates of registration must be revoked.

The company stated its investigation discovered some prescribers didn’t possess correct state licensing whereas others exceeded the 90-day provide limits. It stated it discovered greater than 60% of the 72,000 managed substance prescriptions Truepill stuffed between September 2020 and September 2022 have been for stimulants, together with generic types of Adderall.

“In quite a few cases, Truepill allotted managed substances pursuant to prescriptions that weren’t issued for a reputable medical goal within the normal course {of professional} observe,” the DEA alleged in a information launch.

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In an emailed assertion, the corporate confirmed it obtained the order and was totally cooperating with it. “We’re assured we can display the absence of wrongdoing,” a spokesperson wrote.

“Probability of a profitable protection case in a DEA registration listening to could be very low,” Ronald Chapman II, an lawyer who has represented purchasers in such actions, stated in an e mail. “If in truth prescriptions exceeded the availability cap and lacked state authority, I consider the DEA administrator will revoke TruePill’s DEA registration. This could be a enterprise ending occasion for TruePill.”

In Could, the Wall Avenue Journal reported Truepill was quickly pausing filling prescriptions for Schedule II substances, which made up lower than 1% of its whole prescription quantity. The report stated Truepill was Cerebral’s most well-liked pharmacy.

Within the emailed assertion, the Truepill spokesperson stated the corporate “had stopped allotting managed substance II medicine prescribed through telehealth in April.”

The corporate laid off 150 staff, or about 15% of its workers, in early June. On the time, Sid Viswanathan, Truepill’s CEO, stated the corporate was adjusting its monetary technique to deal with the broader financial local weather. In October 2021, Truepill obtained a $142 million Sequence D funding spherical that put its valuation at $1.6 billion.

This story first appeared in Digital Health Business & Technology.