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Biogenesis Scandal: Bill Cracking Down on Unlicensed Clinics Advances in Tally

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In December, a New Timesinvestigation showed how an unlicensed doctor like Tony Bosch could sell tightly regulated drugs like steroids so openly from his Coral Gables clinic -- including to superstar athletes like Alex Rodriguez. The answer: Florida's laws include a giant loophole allowing clinics that only accept cash to avoid almost any scrutiny.

State Sen. Eleanor Sobel has crafted a bill that would close that loophole and yesterday, it won its first victory in Tallahassee. Sobel's Health Care Clinic Act passed its first committee with a unanimous vote.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroid Scandal

The bill won a 9-0 victory in the Senate's Health Care Committee after Sobel agreed to an amendment clarifying language about punishing clinics that hire doctors with shady records.

Sobel, a Democrat from Hollywood, crafted the bill to put cash-only clinics like Bosch's company, Biogenesis, under state regulation and to create a system of penalties if those clinics employ physicians who've had their licenses suspended or revoked.

New Times investigation found that more than 540 "anti-aging" clinics have set up shop in Florida and that several were owned by or connected to convicted felons. Bosch faces an ongoing grand jury in Miami over his activities at Biogenesis.

The Health Care Clinic Act now heads to the Criminal Justice Committee for a second hearing; a companion bill in the House is still awaiting its first action.

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John Nowacki
John Nowacki

So Viagra isn't PED? Doctors prescribe drugs like Effexor which make you fat dumb and can't cum. Also raises blood pressure and then they want to give you Viagra. Not to damn smart. I'll take my weekly shot over that combo every day

John Nowacki
John Nowacki

So this is going to stop athletes from using steroids? They will always use them. Now they maybe made in a basement. Hmmmmm But abortions are a choice right? If the leagues don't want them in sports then maybe they ought to have better testing agendas.

Jack Prather
Jack Prather

Is ok to give women hormone replacement during menopause - what gives - it's the same damn thing !

John Nowacki
John Nowacki

But let's go ahead and legalize pot......smh. Let's keep the general public dumb stupid and uncaring so we "the govt" do what we want when we want. We (the govt) will also write laws to protect ourselves, so by the time you (the public) come out of your stoned electronic fed induced coma, you will be to fat, tired, week and neutered to fight for your rights. Oh by the way, we will have taken your guns and freedom of speech as well. Good day comrades

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