A California doctor who prescribed hydroxychloroquine as part of a “covid treatment kit” that he guaranteed would cure the disease was sentenced last week to 30 days in prison and a year-long home confinement, the Washington Post reported.
Jennings Ryan Staley, MD, previously pled guilty to one count of importation contrary to law, admitting he attempted to smuggle hydroxychloroquine into the U.S. by working with a Chinese supplier that would mislabel 26 pounds of hydroxychloroquine as “yam extract,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
After people alerted the FBI to promotional emails from Staley’s Skinny Beach Med Spa, an undercover agent posed as a customer. The agent asked about the treatment kit, and was assured by Staley that hydroxychloroquine was a “magic bullet” and “amazing cure.” He added that COVID-19 “literally disappears in hours” after taking the drug.
Staley also offered the FBI agent prescriptions for Xanax and Viagra, despite not having evaluated him. Staley later admitted that he had lied to federal agents. He also admitted, as part of a plea agreement, that he had obtained hydroxychloroquine by pretending to be one of his employees and filling a prescription. His medical license is now suspended.