Potential charges against local sports doctor thrown out
Dr. Anthony Galea, a local sports injury doctor who has counted athletes such as Tiger Woods among his clients, no longer faces the possibility of charges being laid against him by Canadian officials in connection with improperly transporting an unapproved drug into the U.S.
“The prosecution discontinued all charges pending in Canada against Dr. Galea, and they have indicated they have no intention of reinstituting any of those charges,” said his lawyer, Brian Greenspan.
Dr. Galea, the founder and medical director of the I.S.M. Health & Wellness Center, was delighted to hear the news, said Greenspan. He added that the decision also helps counter groundless allegations that the doctor was giving performance enhancers to professional athletes.
Dr. Galea’s legal problems started in 2009 when his assistant was caught bringing Actovegin, a medication derived from calf’s blood, into the U.S. on Galea’s behalf. The drug is licensed in Canada but is not approved for use in the U.S. Last year, he received a suspended sentence and was banned from entering the U.S. for a period of a year.