A doctor who has treated golfer
and many other pro athletes was charged by Canadian authorities yesterday with selling an unapproved drug known as Actovegin.
Dr. Anthony Galea, 51, also was charged with conspiracy to import an unapproved drug, conspiracy to export a drug and smuggling goods into Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Galea was arrested Oct. 15 after a search warrant was executed at the Institute of Sports Medicine Health and Wellness Centre near Toronto.
A person familiar with the investigation said it was carried out by with help from the FBI. The person was not authorized to discuss the case and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.
The investigation began when the doctor's assistant, who often drove Galea around, was stopped attempting to enter the United States from Canada.
Vials and ampules containing human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf's blood, were found in a car driven by Mary Anne Catalano, according to the RCMP and U.S. federal court documents.
Catalano, a Canadian, told American authorities at the border in Buffalo, N.Y., that she knew the drugs were illegal and that she was transporting them for her employer.
* Two lawmakers are appealing to President Obama to pardon renowned black boxer Jack Johnson, imprisoned a century ago because of his romantic link to a white woman. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Rep. Peter King of New York, both Republicans, were sending a new letter to the president yesterday, after receiving their first response from the Obama administration last week. In that response, the Justice Department's pardon attorney, Ronald L. Rodgers told them the department, as a policy, does not process pardons for dead people.
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