September 20, 2020

Misconception that Anabolic Steroids "Enhance Looks, Strength and Speed"

I regularly read the coverage of the Signature Pharmacy steroid distribution investigation by journalist Brendan Lyons of the Albany Times Union. This is primarily because he seems to have the best access to information related to the investigation since it is an Albany-based investigation initiated by District Attorney David Soares. However, articles are not very well-balanced and regularly include baffling statements such as this (emphasis added):

While Congress is preparing to focus on baseball players alleged to have taken the drugs, medical experts are warning that steroids and human growth hormone are being illegally prescribed nationwide at an alarming rate under the misconception they will aid healing, enhance looks, strength and speed, or slow aging. [Read more…]

David Soares Compares Signature Pharmacy to Cocaine Cartels

David Soares was quoted comparing Signature Pharmacy to the powerful 1980s era cocaine cartels (at least the Hollywood version). Perhaps he sees himself as the star anti-steroid crusader in a future movie adaption about the steroid trafficking investigation?:

They’re living the lifestyle of the Tony Montanas of the ’70s and ’80s because they’re drug dealers…

The Albany District Attorney has spearheaded the investigation into the distribution of growth hormone, anabolic steroids and ancillary drugs by Signature Pharmacy and a network of longevity clinics. Physicians around the country were allegedly paid to write steroid prescriptions for patients they never examined. [Read more…]

Branch Warren’s Training Partner Pleads Guilty to Steroid Distribution

David Jacobs, training partner of IFBB Pro bodybuilder Branch Warren, admitted to selling 40,000 vials of anabolic steroids and several thousand units of growth hormone as part of a sealed plea agreement earlier this month. The Plano-based national level bodybuilding competitor¬†and personal trainer pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.¬†He was indicted in May 2007 as part of Operation Raw Deal. [Read more…]