Attorney for Medical Professionals

Because you deserve the best defense lawyer.

 

We live in a country where medical physique enhancement is accepted and acceptable. From Hollywood celebrities and models trying to fight off Father Time, to daytime talkshow hosts and weathermen getting their stomachs stapled. These kinds of cosmetic medical enhancements are acceptable when performed by a licensed physician, and there’s no ambiguity in the laws. However, when a doctor prescribes anabolic steroids or growth hormone for these same reasons, the law is far less clear.

 

It has gotten to the point where many doctors are hesitant (or outright refuse) to prescribe anabolic steroids to a patient who shows a genuine need. Other times, doctors are scared to write prescriptions for a dose that will legitimately treat the conditions that they’re seeing in patients. In other cases, doctors who have written those prescriptions have been (and are still) being prosecuted.

 

An almost unlimited number of variables can come into play when a doctor is arrested for dispensing steroids illegally. For example, if testosterone was prescribed, was the patient (or patients) deficient? A good steroid defense lawyer knows not only to raise that question, but knows that there are different definitions of testosterone deficiency. There’s primary hypogonadism. There’s secondary hypogonadism. There’s even different scales that define the lower limit of normal versus subclinical differently. Plus there are intangibles that go beyond the numbers, such as whether the client was (perhaps) not deficient in testosterone, but still experiencing the classical symptoms of hypogonadism.

 

Perhaps the best example of the wide discrepancy in the sentencing of medical professionals can be seen in Operation Which Doctor. Operation Which Doctor was the steroid-pharmacy bust that aired the dirty secrets of everyone from NFL players and professional baseball players to rappers. Most people remember it as the “Signature Pharmacy” bust, but not everyone remembers exactly who was charged, and for what. More importantly, for a lawyer defending a client facing similar charges is to know what factors came into play when these sentences were handed down.

 

Among the defendants in Operation Which doctor, procedures and protocols for dispensing anabolic steroids and growth hormone varied widely. At some clinics, customers paid a fee covering an initial consultation with a doctor and blood work. At other clinics, these procedures were not followed. Many clinics limited themselves to servicing hormone deficiency and the medical treatment of andropause, while others concerned themselves with the more “grey” area of optimizing hormone levels.

 

For example, Maria Santi had been an anesthesiologist at a New York hospital until losing her license to practice medicine. She earned $25 writing prescriptions on a prescription pad that wasn’t hers. Still, her sentence (prison time) was lower than it might have been, as she’d plead guilty early and there were other mitigating circumstances. One of her codefendants received an even lower sentence, and was allowed to serve it at home (home confinement). Still other defendants received much longer sentences, though all of them were charged in the same indictment and with the same crimes.

 

The Loomis family (who owned Signature Pharmacy, and were the primary defendants) fought the charges and saw the case dismissed – despite many of their codefendants receiving lengthy prison sentences.

 

If you’re a doctor and you need a lawyer to defend these types of charges, you don’t want to be billed an hourly rate while you explain the difference between primary and secondary hypogonadism, or get stuck defining andropause during a phone consultation. You want a lawyer who can read an indictment and know that trenbolone is not an FDA approved drug, while oxandrolone is, and know how to defend a client regardless of which one he or she dispensed. The ideal steroid defense lawyer is going to know these things and be able to jump right into defending you vigorously, without needing to educate himself at your expense.

 

We live in a country where medical physique enhancement is accepted and acceptable. From Hollywood celebrities and models trying to fight off Father Time, to daytime talkshow hosts and weathermen getting their stomachs stapled. These kinds of cosmetic medical enhancements are acceptable when performed by a licensed physician, and there’s no ambiguity in the laws. However, when a doctor prescribes anabolic steroids or growth hormone for these same reasons, the law is far less clear.

 

It has gotten to the point where many doctors are hesitant (or outright refuse) to prescribe anabolic steroids to a patient who shows a genuine need. Other times, doctors are scared to write prescriptions for a dose that will legitimately treat the conditions that they’re seeing in patients. In other cases, doctors who have written those prescriptions have been (and are still) being prosecuted.

 

An almost unlimited number of variables can come into play when a doctor is arrested for dispensing steroids illegally. For example, if testosterone was prescribed, was the patient (or patients) deficient? A good steroid defense lawyer knows not only to raise that question, but knows that there are different definitions of testosterone deficiency. There’s primary hypogonadism. There’s secondary hypogonadism. There’s even different scales that define the lower limit of normal versus subclinical differently. Plus there are intangibles that go beyond the numbers, such as whether the client was (perhaps) not deficient in testosterone, but still experiencing the classical symptoms of hypogonadism.

 

Perhaps the best example of the wide discrepancy in the sentencing of medical professionals can be seen in Operation Which Doctor. Operation Which Doctor was the steroid-pharmacy bust that aired the dirty secrets of everyone from NFL players and professional baseball players to rappers. Most people remember it as the “Signature Pharmacy” bust, but not everyone remembers exactly who was charged, and for what. More importantly, for a lawyer defending a client facing similar charges is to know what factors came into play when these sentences were handed down.

 

Among the defendants in Operation Which doctor, procedures and protocols for dispensing anabolic steroids and growth hormone varied widely. At some anti-aging clinics, customers paid a fee covering an initial consultation with a doctor and blood work. At other anti-aging clinics, these procedures were not followed. Many anti-aging clinics limited themselves to servicing hormone deficiency and the medical treatment of andropause, while others concerned themselves with the more “grey” area of optimizing hormone levels.

 

For example, Maria Santi had been an anesthesiologist at a New York hospital until losing her license to practice medicine. She earned $25 writing prescriptions on a prescription pad that wasn’t hers. Still, her sentence (prison time) was lower than it might have been, as she’d plead guilty early and there were other mitigating circumstances. One of her codefendants received an even lower sentence, and was allowed to serve it at home (home confinement). Still other defendants received much longer sentences, though all of them were charged in the same indictment and with the same crimes.

 

The Loomis family (who owned Signature Pharmacy, and were the primary defendants) fought the charges and saw the case dismissed – despite many of their codefendants receiving lengthy prison sentences.

 

If you’re a doctor and you need a lawyer to defend these types of charges, you don’t want to be billed an hourly rate while you explain the difference between primary and secondary hypogonadism, or get stuck defining andropause during a phone consultation. You want a lawyer who can read an indictment and know that trenbolone is not an FDA approved drug, while oxandrolone is, and know how to defend a client regardless of which one he or she dispensed. The ideal steroid defense lawyer is going to know these things and be able to jump right into defending you vigorously, without needing to educate himself at your expense.

If you have been contacted by federal agents in regards to anabolic steroids or charged with a crime, contact steroid lawyer J. Clark Baird today and protect your freedom, your rights and your medical license and livelihood!!  Call (502) 583-3388 or email [email protected] or you can reach us after hours, 24/7 at (502) 797-4625.  DON’T SPEAK TO FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS WITHOUT CONSULTING A LAWYER!!