Remember the Signature Pharmacy PED Scandal? Our ebook, ‘The China Syndrome’, Captures That History

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Among other things, the scandal over Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch’s performance-enhancing drug dispensary in Florida, has re-engulfed Ryan Braun, the National League’s most valuable player in 2011. Last year Major League Baseball suspended Braun for 50 games for a positive drug test, then rescinded the penalty when Braun’s crack legal team successfully challenged the chain of custody of his urine sample. Now records obtained by Miami’s New Times link Braun to Bosch. Braun claims the only link is that Bosch had been retained by that crack legal team for expertise on the chain-of-custody flaws wiith Braun’s pee-pee.

Whatever happened to just claiming you thought it was a Vitamin B12 shot instead of human growth hormone?

The Biogenesis scandal combines elements of the Barry Bonds-BALCO mess in California and the Signature Pharmacy prosecutions in Florida. Regarding the latter, there is still only one comprehensive account of the screw-up of a careful multi-agency investigation coordinated by the federal government in 2007. The background story provides both sobering and comical glimpses of the international traffic in real and fake human growth hormone.

That account is the ebook THE CHINA SYNDROME — co-authored by Anthony Roberts and myself almost exactly a year ago. The who’s-who cast of celebrities and prominent athletes includes Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Timbaland, Evander Holyfield, Rodney Harrison, Rick Ankiel, Chris Benoit, and Kurt Angle. The global marketing of HGH also takes readers deep inside the treacheries of Olympic politics.

THE CHINA SYNDROME: How Athletes and Celebrities Get Their Performance-Enhancing Drugs – How a Rogue Prosecutor Bungled Their Bust can be ordered on Amazon Kindle at, or as an emailed PDF file by remitting $2.99 via PayPal to

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