A South Florida clinic being investigated by Major League Baseball for allegedly giving performance-enhancing drugs to more than 30 players obtained the banned substances through forged prescription forms, reports ESPN.com.
According to documents obtained by the ESPN program "Outside the Lines," Anthony Bosch, the owner of the Biogenesis clinic, used prescription forms that contained forged signatures. Those signatures were stamped with the names and license numbers of legitimate physicians who weren't aware of the scheme.
Bosch is already the subject of a civil lawsuit filed by MLB and a Florida Department of Health investigation and faces possible felony criminal charges if tied to forged medical prescriptions.
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Multiple prescription forms bearing the purported signature of Dr. Daniel Carpman, a Coral Gables anti-aging specialist who denies signing the forms. The claim by the one-time Bosch associate -- who says he ended their relationship over concerns about Bosch's operation -- is supported by a forensic handwriting expert retained by "Outside the Lines."
That Biogenesis relied on compounding pharmacies as a source for producing creams and "troches," or lozenges, containing, in some cases, amounts of testosterone nearly 15 times the levels available by prescription at neighborhood or traditional pharmacies. The levels might be a clue as to why at least five MLB players associated with Bosch have so far tested positive for substances banned by baseball, though clinic insiders also suggest some may have used more than the recommended amounts.