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Galea's lawyer, Brian H. Greenspan, has said his client denies any wrongdoing. Greenspan also has said Galea has used HGH himself and prescribed it to non-athlete patients over the age of 40 to improve their quality of life, but said he has never given it to athletes.
The Times also reported in December that Galea visited Woods' home in Florida at least four times in February and March to provide the platelet therapy. Woods was recovering from June 2008 knee surgery.
During his public apology for cheating on his wife, Woods said any allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs were "completely and utterly false." Greenspan has said the golfer is in no way linked to the charges against Galea.
The investigation into Galea began when his assistant, who often drove the doctor around, was stopped attempting to enter the United States from Canada.
Vials and ampules containing human growth hormone and Actovegin were found in a car driven by Mary Anne Catalano, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and U.S. federal court documents.
Catalano, a Canadian, told American authorities at the border in Buffalo, N.Y., that she knew the drugs were illegal and that she was transporting them for her employer. According to an affidavit, Catalano also told authorities that her boss instructed her to say she was coming to a medical conference if she were questioned about the purpose of her trip and also to say that none of the equipment was for treating patients.
Dr. Gary Wadler said in December that the International Olympic Committee became concerned about Actovegin in 2000 after it appeared during that year's Tour de France. The drug was placed on the banned list, then removed a year later because more evidence was needed as to whether it was performance-enhancing or damaging to athletes' health, said Wadler, who leads the committee that determines the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned-substances list.
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