"Anti-aging clinics contend their services are legal because they are treating aging as a disease. Therefore, they'll tell you, testosterone is a medical necessity for aging adults, as is human growth hormone in some cases," says Shaun Assael, author of Steroid Nation, a book about the history of performance-enhancing drugs in competition. "But that's an argument that's already been litigated in sports."

(After publication, Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez denied use of performance-enhancing drugs and involvement with Biogenesis. Wayne Odesnik and Jimmy Goins also issued denials. Through an attorney, Anthony Bosch denied being "associated" with Major League Baseball players. Nelson Cruz denied any ties to Biogenesis in a statement released by Pittsburgh-based law firm Farrell & Reisinger. And through his attorney, Dr. Pedro Publio Bosch denied any involvement with the players mentioned in this investigation.)


Anthony Bosch was born in September 1963 and grew up in a spacious, red-brick home nestled at the end of a quiet, leafy block in Coral Gables.

His father, a Cuban native named Pedro Publio, had earned a degree at the University of Havana in 1961 before studying medicine at Madrid's Universidad Complutense, according to state records. After completing his studies, rather than return to his homeland, he and his wife, Stella, moved to Dade County in 1969, when he won a residency at the University of Miami.

After an internship at Coral Gables Hospital and a residency at North Shore Hospital that lasted until 1976, Bosch — a stocky man with a friendly, open face and round glasses — opened a practice called Coral Way Medical Center in an office just south of their home. Stella worked as the firm's director and secretary, and in 1971, Anthony's younger brother, Ashley, was born.

Bosch was a good physician by all accounts; neither he nor his clinic was ever sued for malpractice. His real-estate timing was fortunate as well. In 1982, he sold the office space to an investor for twice the amount he'd paid five years earlier. He eventually opened a new clinic under his own name on Douglas Road at SW 26th Street, where he still practices today.

Anthony, whose friends have always called him Tony, attended nearby Columbus High School. He inherited from his father a charming, guileless smile, even-featured good looks, and an interest in medicine.

But his first efforts to find a niche in the medical field hinted at the problems that would later drive him into the HGH business. He began with two friends, Roger De Armas and Federico Dumenigo (whose father was also a successful local physician), when they opened a series of medical supply companies. The trio started with Cardio-Respiratory Lab in 1987 and then opened Medical Patient Care in 1989. None of the operations lasted more than a couple of years, but Tony's energy and charisma were enough to attract investors.

"They were small operations, just two or three people in an office off Bird Road," says Richard Del Forn, who worked for Bosch at Cardio-Respiratory Lab. "But everyone seemed to get along fine with Tony."

Amid these early business attempts, Tony started his own family after marrying a woman named Tiki Rodriguez in 1984. The couple had their first child, a girl, and bought a small house in Coral Gables.

In 1990, he and his cohorts met Tonie Lanza, their biggest investor yet. She had sold her own successful medical supply firm a few years earlier. Lanza was charmed, and after hearing the young men's pitch, she agreed to take out a mortgage on her house to invest in Miami Med Management Consultants, their latest venture.

"They were very aggressive young kids, and from the outside, it looked like they were working really hard to be successful," Lanza says. "I saw an opportunity to get back into the business."

The firm would set a blueprint for Bosch, though: big promises and buckets of charm quickly followed by financial ruin and a disappearing act.

For a few months, Lanza thought she'd made a good bet. The plan was sound — the firm bought high-end medical equipment straight from manufacturers and rented it to doctors' clinics. But Lanza soon noticed something was amiss.

"I quickly realized they were not good businesspeople. They were too young, and their interest was not focused on running a successful business," she says.

Within two years, Miami Med Management Consultants had closed shop and the bank had sued the company's owners. In 1992, a Dade Circuit Court judge ordered the business partners to repay $65,000 to Terrabank, which held Lanza's mortgage.

"I never got a dime back," says Lanza, who repaid the bank herself. "It was a bad, bad experience. I don't think they were too remorseful about it."

Then, in 1992, soon after the couple's second child was born, Tiki filed for divorce. That same year, their Coral Gables home went into foreclosure with more than $184,000 unpaid on the mortgage.

Bosch eventually sold the house to repay the bank, but his wife had the same experience as Lanza in trying to get her ex-husband to pay his debts.

Two and half years after the divorce, Tiki sued for $17,250 in unpaid child support. A judge ordered $496 withheld weekly from Bosch, who was then working as a technician for DMG Health Care, a company owned by his brother, Ashley. Two years after that, his deadbeat bill topped $20,000.

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edwartfruitman
edwartfruitman

Use of anti-aging drugs can be harmful for your body. Keeping good care of your health will be help you achieve a younger look. But if you need a rather instant solution then you should consider getting a Botox beauty treatment. It is much better than using drugs.

upload70
upload70

I've never understood why the average fan cares if players take steroids, surely they want their heros to be the best they can be.


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darlene.minsie
darlene.minsie

Shaun’s book is really good. I learned a lot from that book. My favourite topic is about performance-enhancing drugs because I am helping my friend who is a tri athlete.

-Mrs.Darlene

brucehrowan
brucehrowan

This is just one of the reasons I am so turned off by professional sports. This is something that if not addressed will possibly do major damage too collage and professional sports and the big money involved. Either it's a free for all and you can use whatever substance you want to put into your body, or it is honest and fair, and everybody plays by the rules? You can't have your cake and eat it too.

brucehrowan
brucehrowan

What I find hard to believe is that the DEA did not obtain enough evidence to prosecute Tony Bosch for criminal conspiracy, or at the very leas;t practicing medicine without a licence. Secret nicknames and codes to conceal his activities and other measures should have thrown up plenty of red flags. I believe this is the same DEA that desires to protect us from the dangerous marijuana that they claim has no medical value. There are a lot of influential and powerful people involved in this case whom would prefer that it would just go away. Many of these same people represent the Cuban American community who are careful to project a vision of success and achievement, and may resent a pillar of the community like Dr. Bosch having his name and reputation being dragged through the mud.

brucehrowan
brucehrowan

Great job New Times, this is a scoop worthy of comparison to  "The New York Times" and their coverage of "Watergate" in the 1970's. This story has all the criteria that should deserve a Pulitzer. prize. Examples are: Big name professional sports players, high profile and connected movers and shakers, pharmaceutical giants, doctors and lawyers, and even the DEA. Some of the unfortunate victims are the athletes who respect their bodies  and play by the rules, advertisers who are probably not aware of the cheating, and of course the kids who look up too these athletes. This is a black eye for almost all  sports and casts a shadow of  suspicion on all players. I am reminded of the television series "The Wonder Years"  when Kevin Arnold and his father attend a professional  baseball game to relive Kevin's father's nostalgia for the game. When Kevin approached a ballplayer for his autograph and the ballplayer asked  for a large donation to sign the baseball, that is when Kevin's father knew the game had changed. Perhaps it is being naive, but baseball in particular has always been about mom, apple pie, and clean cut sportsmen who got the job done based on their individual abilities,, and not some formula cooked up in a laboratory..

J.R.Rand
J.R.Rand

Carlos Alverazz? Testing 1-2

SwagDaddy
SwagDaddy

I Dont understand why everyone is soo upset about these situations like they got screwed out a world series ring or somethin', bottom line is PED's cant make u hit a 95 mph fastball regardless how long u take 'em. These athletes have skills U and I will never possess and if they want to take somethin' to make them heal faster what's it to U? All these people talkin' about it sets a bad example for the kids, yada yada yada, sound stupid cuz guarantee U go ask kids if they kno what  steroids are or if they kno how to get them they wouldn't. Most athletes don't start using steroids till college if not  later and by then they're already adults and can make their own choices. Sooo,its really not hurtin' nobody but the user and these dorks who never made its feelings. BOOHOO!!!

dfb7030
dfb7030

These athletes have a lot to lose by not staying in peak condition. I'm only a weekend warrior but I still want to compete as well as I can. I use Deer Antler Stax by Velox Labs and it's totally helped me not only recover faster but just feel younger in general.

csperry86
csperry86

The penalties for players as well as the doctors that prescribe the drugs need to be stripped of wins, licenses, and any other accolades they have so-called earned. They should not be felt sorry for. If these players feel so insecure about their own abilities, they have to take drugs. What messege are they sending and example setting are they putting out to our children?

FatHand
FatHand

By the way Elfrink, I hope you have already started your Game of Shadows-type book.

FatHand
FatHand

 Tim Elfrink, you got the Miami NT a few shout-outs on SportsCenter tonight. Damn good journalism if you ask me (assuming A-Rod's assertion that the docs are all bunk is not true). Score a big one for the New Times!

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

It's obvious the punishment MLB'ers potentially face today isn't inhibiting them from juicing. It's time to scare the players into getting clean. Forget this weak 3 Strikes (50 games, 100 games, lifetime ban) you're out nonsense. Time to go get tough, time to go with 2 strikes! 1st strike you're gone 2 years. 2nd strike you're gone for good. Somebody please tell me if the players faced this kind of punishment they wouldn't clean up quicker than Ichiro can get down a 1st base line? Come on "Dud" Selig grow a pair of balls and get tough on the dopers!

jeff.winch
jeff.winch

Here's a hard fact for you,, 95% of all NFL players use HGH or TEST during a season. The only way RG3 is coming back next year after such major surgery is via the use of HGH to heal faster. 

krussrn
krussrn

@RHReese Wow! Your attitude is a major problem with many people today, not just athletes! If we were to agree with you on this matter, that would mean there would be relatively no safety checks required which would push even wider open the illegal and UNSAFE use of virtually any drug simply because someone claims they "need" whatever the latest popular substance is! That behavior KILLS people - including some who are completely unaware of the inherent risks they are taking - all because some really smart con-artist is able to convince people that the "snake oil" he's selling is "safe" (because he says so)!

The least of my concerns is that so-called "superstars" are nothing but junkies who have found a way to fool others (especially innocent children who look up to them and seek to emulate them)! They're CHEATERS who have found a way to STEAL what they're not capable of doing on their own. I'd like to think that those who "are here to entertain us" are also trustworthy and doing what they do FAIRLY! Otherwise, they're simply PATHETIC LOSERS!

tulyfajardo
tulyfajardo

RHReese, what an ass you are....saying that these athletes are here just to entertain.....I guess you don't have kids that play sport and want to some day make it to the big leagues.  These athletes such as Bond, Clements and Rodriguez are an insult to the sport...With their deeds they have put records out of reach for any law abidding athlete to strive for.  I call entertainment athletes playing fair and hard and to see them sweat the game until they give in to time.  That way I can tell my son that he might have a chance to become a good or even great player playing the game right.

RHReese
RHReese

You know what? Who cares ? The medical field with nurses and doctors are the ones that should be tested for drugs. These are just athletes trying to gain an edge not to influence kids . They aren't hurting anyone but themselves. You want to teach these children about these drugs? Start at home with the parents. Athletes are here to entertain us not to teach us right from wrong.

jeff.winch
jeff.winch

I personally don't have a problem with HGH or TEST or other performance enhancing drugs in any sports. Id much rather see a guy bash the ball out of the park. In fact whats the big deal about Steroids?.. They are legal in most places on the planet except the US and they shamed other countries like Canada and Mexico into blacklisting them. You can not stop performance enhancements,, the next generation science is already here its called Gene Dopping and you positively CAN NOT detect it. So stop with all the crying foul ball..All you've done is create another black market. We will find what we want one way or another.. 

jgoertzen1
jgoertzen1

yep, take em all down!!!! The athletes have misled us once again. How can i trust these people to raise my kids and instill values? I thank the media too, for taking the time to show highlights and psoting stats on how great these athletes are and then even better, how they say they were bamboozled finding out that the same athletes were enhancing their performance. It is time for all of to band together and fight this injustice, for my kids sake and yours as well. How can we move on as a society when all of this is determines how our kids are raised?  This has changed the way i live day to day!! lets spend millions of dollars trying to prove that someone lied about taking a PEDs. that is what is important to our society. Live on nay-sayers of evil, long live justice.

jsuperbowl6
jsuperbowl6

Ok, so now have we seen enough of A-rod , more like HGH -rod!!!! now. Its time to clean this mess up some and send a message to the kids coming up, take em your out! He should be tossed with the rest and the ones like Bonds and others should never be allowed to get into the Hall!! They gave up that right the minute they stuck the needle in down deep or popped the pill, one hit or one catch more because of the drug was cheating and has no place. If any of these guys get into the Hall before Pete Rose, then Baseball is a shamble !!! he cheated as a coach, not a player and it wasnt stat involved anyways. Toss em All!!!

swedefinn101
swedefinn101

Please cease from associating Mekly Cabrera's name with the San Francisco Giants.  The  Giants didn't eve offer him a contract after the season.  He's a Toronto Blue Jay.

wootendw
wootendw

So now those of us who would like to live longer and stay healthy are going to be denied our right to do so in order to keep professional athletes 'clean'.  If that is the case, then damn the US government into Hell along with every professional athelete.

scaronchin
scaronchin

A-Rod's deteriorating hip is due to the use of performance enhancing drugs.  Any questions?

tom020
tom020

Sports Figures are sure not setting any great Examples for our Youth with respect to Truth, Honesty and Ethical Behavior as the American Way! NO SIR, THEY CERTAINLY ARE NOT! What are our Youths supposed to believe as to how they should behave in competitive situations? Should they adopt the "Win at any Cost" philosophy? Where Lying, Cheating, Unethical Behavior and Blatant Dishonesty are acceptable in order if they give them an edge at Winning or Profiting!

texasjustice
texasjustice

Maybe it would be a great idea to give everyone in Washington D.C some PEDs.  And by everyone I mean everyone.  From the top to the bottom. We may ge something done about jobs and the economy.

wmwholdings
wmwholdings

Is anybody looking into the PGA, the top golfer reminds me an awful lot of Lance Armstrong.

jay014
jay014

i get why names were blacked out, and great job and getting story but do think other names shouldnt b blacked out with the explanation of them being only in there once. imo leave yourselves to hiding someone or something

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano editortopcommenter

Congrats, coños, on getting on Drudge!!!

quilter1931
quilter1931

I didn't realize Cosmo Kramer had gone into the "anti-aging" business.

dollibug
dollibug

Oops*******another scandal.....so much CORRUPTION AND COVER UP......I guess the DEVIL is everywhere*****

nesmith777
nesmith777

GREAT STORY.  GREAT FOLLOW UP.  Way to get the scoop on every other newspaper and media outlet there is!  Great work guys!

AndreaTN
AndreaTN

we realize that Armstrong could not have gotten away with it, and doped for so long without assistance from those in the Olympic community.  I imagine we will find more and more  cases of these so called professional sports figure doping, should we start looking for it while they are in college?

run.randrand
run.randrand

ALLLLLLL THE WAAAAAY BACK TO THE 1980'S-YEP-ONE ONLY SUSPECTED AS MUCH.....

jeff.winch
jeff.winch

@krussrn @RHReese Crap.. The reality is PED's and Gene Dopping is here to stay. Gene Dopping cant be detected and if I was a colledge kid with a skill and had a chance to make $20 Million , you are damn right I would seek out Gene Dopping and WIN.. Because in the end the other guy WILL... 

jeff.winch
jeff.winch

@tulyfajardo He Cant.. period.. grow up and smell reality. If your kid wants to be an professional athlete and succeed , he will have to use PED or Gene Dopping to be competitive. 

Period. 

luiscraze69
luiscraze69

why should they raise YOUR KIDS isnt that YOUR  job ????? that is the problem with you people you whant others to do your job as a parent wtf raise your own dam kids!!!!

logosgnosis
logosgnosis

@swedefinn101 HA! So the SF Giants are now distancing themselves from players connected to steroids? That is rich...

Bigboog
Bigboog

@quilter1931Well if you think about it, his face is his livelihood, his allure... his twinkle! Everything he has he owes to that face.

wootendw
wootendw

@logosgnosis @wootendw In case you can't figure it out, logosgnosis, the author's purpose in writing this article is to arouse anger towards companies such as Biogenesis for 'helping' athletes perform better even though the medications they sell do, in fact, help overcome the effects of aging.  The fact is that  Human Growth Hormone is healthy if taken in moderate doses and is especially good for healing injuries among older people such as myself.  I happen to like to run twice a week, but a pulled hamstring will keep me with my 60+ year old body from doing so for 6 months.  A little growth hormone could fix it in about 6 weeks.  But in order to keep professional athletes 'clean', I am unable to obtain HGH. 

thinkster
thinkster

@brodymlogan It was only a question. Let the TRUTH be FULLY determined. Right now, it sure does look like the NCAA has ALOT of work to do.

m.delvalle1
m.delvalle1

@jeff.winch @krussrn also probably the reason tons of NFL QB's have children born with all sorts of health issues. It doesn't only kill you but it's consequences are also inherited by your offspring (yes, full horizontal gene transfer).

m.delvalle1
m.delvalle1

@jeff.winch @krussrn that was convincing....

 
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