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Ex-Steelers Doctor Indicted for Illegally Prescribing Anabolic Steroids

A former Steelers doctor who left the team after investigators questioned his bulk purchase of anabolic steroids has been indicted for illegally prescribing the muscle-building aids and other drugs.

Federal authorities don’t list the team or its players as having gotten the substances from Dr. Richard Rydze, who was charged in a 185-count indictment with conspiracy to illegally distribute steroids, human growth hormone and painkillers including oxycodone.

The 62-year-old physician also is charged with health care fraud. Authorities said he falsely diagnosed more than 90 patients with pituitary dwarfism so they could receive human growth hormones and drugs meant to counteract the side-effects of steroid use. The FBI contends the patients were normal-sized adults who didn’t need such substances.

Rydze and his attorney declined to comment after his initial appearance before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon. The doctor will remain jailed until Monday, when U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell must decide whether Rydze should stay behind bars until trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Skutnik told Mitchell she will ask for continued detention because Rydze has continued to prescribe drugs “10 to 15 times” in recent weeks despite losing his federal license to do so in July.

Public defender Michael Novara told Mitchell he believes Rydze should be freed because the doctor is a “lifelong, law-abiding, well respected member of the community.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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2 Comments

  1. Jeff - Sterling, MA

    October 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Great, expect the haters to have fun with this. I live in Mass and they’ll be all over this because they’re still catching crap over Spygate and just looking to other teams issues to create a distraction. Between the continued injuries (this injury bug has been going on a few years now), the draft being impacted by injuries/stupidity and lack of defense + running game this year sucks so far!! The only thing we have going for us is it’s early and maybe we can turn it around?

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