Saturday, April 16, 2005

Doctor Being Investigated for Providing Steroids to NFL Players Loses License

The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners suspended the license of Dr. James Shortt for allegedly writing large prescriptions for testosterone.  Dr. Shortt is at the center of an investigation of possible steroid use by Carolina Panthers players shortly before the 2004 Super Bowl who received the drugs with prescriptions written by him.  According to the Board's Temporary Order of Suspension (available here), beginning on January 4, 2004, Dr. Shortt wrote prescriptions for four unidentified men for testosterone "in doses and frequency that were extremely unlikely to have been prescribed with any legitimate medical justification, and they were not consistent with any acknowledged medical indication for this drug . . . ."  It is not clear if the unidentified men are in fact NFL players, and Dr. Shortt has denied any wrongdoing. An AP story (here) discusses the investigation of Dr. Shortt and the football players. (ph)

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