TORONTO – A Canadian sports doctor who counts Tiger Woods as one of his patients has been charged by the RCMP for selling an unapproved drug known as Actovegin.
Dr. Anthony Galea, 51, is charged with selling an unapproved drug, conspiracy to import an unapproved drug, conspiracy to export a drug and smuggling goods into Canada. “What we are alleging is that he imported the drugs by way of smuggling them into the country,” said Sgt. Marc LaPorte.
RCMP are also alleging that the doctor administered and sold the drug to his patients in Canada, and exported the drugs to the U.S.
The charges come after the RCMP raided Galea’s Institute of Sports Medicine Health and Wellness Centre on Oct. 15 in Toronto.
His lawyer Brian Greenspan has said the investigation began when the doctor’s assistant, who often drove Galea around, was stopped at the Canada-U.S. border
Galea’s assistant has been charged in the U.S. for having Human Growth Hormone and another drug while crossing the border in September.
Using, selling or importing Actovegin is illegal in the United States.
Greenspan will represent Galea at a court appearance on Friday. Greenspan has said he expects his client to be vindicated.