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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Doctor indicted for giving steroids to NFL players

The State (Columbia, S.C.)

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A West Columbia alternative medicine doctor, who prescribed steroids to members of the Carolina Panthers, was indicted Wednesday on nearly 30 counts of violating federal law.

A federal grand jury accused Dr. James Shortt of conspiring to dispense two kinds of steroids and a human growth hormone during a 3 1/2-year period.

The indictment alleges Shortt illegally prescribed drugs on 28 occasions between February 2001 and June 2004. All but one of those involved the steroids Stanozolol and Nandrolone. The other count deals with the human growth hormone Somatropin.

Another count contains the charge that Shortt intentionally conspired to dispense the drugs.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to as many as five years in prison and $250,000 in fines per violation.


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