A pharmacist admitted today to improperly distributing some 40,000 doses of anabolic steroids and other drugs with the help of a prominent local physician and other medical practitioners in Florida and Alabama.
William M. Sadowski, 46, of McKees Rocks, worked with Downtown-based Richard Rydze, who has pleaded not guilty to a 185-count indictment for improperly prescribing steroids, growth hormone and narcotics.
Mr. Sadowski's plea to one count of distribution of controlled substances sets up a Feb. 26 sentencing before U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill. The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, although federal sentences are typically much lower than the maximum.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Kall of the Northern District of Ohio told Judge Cohill that the criminal conduct went from 2007 through early 2011.
Mr. Sadowski, according to Mr. Kall, ran ANEWrx, in Robinson, which helped physicians and their patients to stack steroids, testosterone and human growth hormone for improper uses, including to slow the effects of aging, build muscle and enhance athletic performance.
Mr. Sadowski, Mr. Kall said, worked out with physicians premium pricing arrangements for their patients, and kicked back part of the proceeds to the doctors.
Along with Dr. Rydze, Mr. Sadowski worked with The Health and Rejuvenation Center, or THARC, in Florida, and took on clients from Applied Pharmacy in Mobile, Ala.
Mr. Sadowski is free on bond pending sentencing. Later today Judge Cohill will hear the plea of John F. Gavin, a nurse who worked for ANEWrx.
Dr Rydze was one of the physicians who served the Steelers until 2007.
The prosecutions are being handled out of Cleveland because local law enforcement has a conflict of interest.
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