Anti-Aging Clinic Scandal Grows
Biogenesis, an "anti-aging" clinic in Coral Gables that injected performance-enhancing drugs into professional athletes, had well over 100 of them as clients going back to 2009 and at least a dozen who are still playing professional ball, the whistleblower in the case told ESPN.com.
Porter Fischer, who blew the case wide open when he leaked documents to Miami New Times, says customers included players from pro basketball, soccer, boxing, and tennis. Fischer said they also included players from college sports teams.
To Floridians, two other notes about Biogenesis may be of concern:
- At least a dozen high-school baseball players from the Miami area were receiving performance-enhancing injections from the clinic, Fischer said. He named four high schools: St. Brendans, Gulliver, Columbus and South Miami, the Miami Herald reported (Editor's note: This article is behind a paywall.)
- Fischner reported what was going on earlier this year to the Department of Health, and an investigator confirmed what was going on at the clinic through interviews with other clinic employees, yet there was minimal reaction.
DOH merely fined Tony Bosch $5,000 for practicing medicine without a license, which Fischer said was a drop in the bucket for a clinic owner who had made millions. No criminal charges have been filed, and the state attorney's office says no law enforcement agency has been in contact about it.
Fischer, who has made no names public, says the clinic's customers included local police officers, lawyers and at least one judge.