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Doc specialized in 'HGH cocktails': report

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A sports doctor facing drug charges on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border made multiple trips to American cities to meet with professional athletes and injected at least seven with human growth hormone, according to Canadian court documents.

The search warrant and a supporting information filed by Canadian law enforcement in their case against Toronto's Anthony Galea describe meetings with more than 20 professional athletes in New York City, Boston, Tampa Bay, Orlando, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington and Cleveland from July through September of last year.

Athletes, identified only by letters of the alphabet, would receive "HGH cocktail" injections in their knees, intravenous vitamin drips and injections of the unapproved drug Actovegin, according to the documents.

On one day last August, Galea treated four athletes in Cleveland alone, providing two with the HGH injections and one with vitamins, the documents say. Treatment for the fourth athlete was not specified in the documents, which were based on interviews with a Galea assistant.

Galea, 50, is not licenced to practise in the United States. He was charged in a criminal complaint in Buffalo on Tuesday with conspiracy, smuggling, distributing human growth hormone and introducing an unapproved drug into interstate commerce.

The U.S. charges came several months after Galea was charged in Canada with four counts relating to Actovegin.

The RCMP allege it was Galea's "intent to treat some of his patients outside Canada with Actovegin."

Galea is charged in Canada with selling an unapproved drug under the Food and Drugs Act, conspiracy to import an unapproved drug and conspiracy to export a drug under the Criminal Code, and smuggling goods into Canada under the Customs Act.

The U.S. complaint alleges Galea provided a retired National Football League player with HGH after his career had ended and treated a current player with Actovegin, a derivative of calf's blood used to heal injuries which is not approved for use in the United States.

-- AP/CP

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 20, 2010 C2

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