U.S.-based pharmaceutical companies who manufacture human growth hormone (hGH) have had record sales ever since the federal government cracked down on the import of hGH made by foreign manufacturers. An investigation by the Associated Press into performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) discovered that sales of hGH increased by up to 69% from 2005 to 2012. [Read more…]
Steroids in Medicine
Dr. Richard Rydze, a former doctor for the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team, was indicted on 185 counts involving the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and oxycodone in addition to healthcare fraud and obstruction of justice. [Read more…]
Steroid injections may have been responsible for an alarming outbreak of meningitis in Tennessee over the last several weeks. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 14 cases. Two people are dead as a result with others in critical condition. It should be noted that the steroids involved were NOT anabolic steroids. This fact has not been explicitly stated in media accounts. [Read more…]
A Florida medical doctor faces up to 35 years in prison and $1.75 million in fines after allowing a colleague to write prescriptions for anabolic steroids on his behalf for almost four years. Dr. Steven Pearlstein pleaded guilty to the illegal distribution of steroids and human growth hormone (hGH). In his plea agreement, Pearlstein admitted to giving the owner and operator of an anti-aging and longevity clinic access to his prescription pad.
Major pharmaceutical companies love the “war on steroids” in sports almost as much as they love the laws permitting direct-to-consumer advertising. The steroids in baseball scandal involving Barry Bonds and BALCO gave drug firms like Abott Laboratories plenty of opportunity to advertise their flagship testosterone gel to millions of American men. [Read more…]
The owners of the MedXLife anti-aging website were the lucky recipients of a get-out-of-jail-free card from Albany County Judge Stephen W. Herrick. In 2007, Greg Trotta and Brian Schafler had pleaded guilty to felony third-degree diversion of prescription medications and prescriptions, primarily involving anabolic steroids and human growth hormone (hGH). Fast forward five years to 2012 and they still had not been sentenced. [Read more…]
The owner of Lifetime Wellness LLC, an anti-aging clinic in Missouri, has pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy that distributed approximately 1.3 million dosage units of anabolic steroids. The retail value of the steroids and human growth hormone (hGH) sold between June 2008 and March 2010 was estimated to be approximately $1,368,519 . [Read more…]
Anthony Galea, a Toronto-based sports doctor, will not be prosecuted in Canada for charges related to selling performance-enhancing drugs according to the Canadian Public Prosecution Service. Galea was a sports medicine pioneer who admitted to routinely smuggling human growth hormone (hGH) and Actovegin into the United States from Canada. [Read more…]
Dr. Mark Peter Koch was sentenced to five years probation for possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids and conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. He was also sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.
Nebraska doctor Raymond Heller has avoided prison for his role in the criminal case involving the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids by the Max Life anti-aging clinic. Heller pleaded guilty to prescribing the testosterone outside the usual course of professional medical practice. United States District Judge Claire Eagan sentenced Heller to five years of probation with the first eight months under house arrest and 100 hours of community service. [Read more…]