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AP IMPACT: Big Pharma cashes in on HGH abuse

Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University, who helped write medical standards meant to limit HGH treatment to legitimate patients, holds an injector pen that contains approximately a weeks worth of doses for a patient in need of the drug at his clinic Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Chicago. An Associated Press investigation shows that a federal crackdown on illicit foreign supplies of human growth hormone has failed to stop rampant misuse, and instead has driven record sales of the drug by some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University, who helped write medical standards meant to limit HGH treatment to legitimate patients, holds an injector pen that contains approximately a weeks worth of doses for a patient in need of the drug at his clinic Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Chicago. An Associated Press investigation shows that a federal crackdown on illicit foreign supplies of human growth hormone has failed to stop rampant misuse, and instead has driven record sales of the drug by some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University, who helped write medical standards meant to limit HGH treatment to legitimate patients, holds an injector pen that contains approximately a weeks worth of doses for a patient in need of the drug at his clinic Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Chicago. An Associated Press investigation shows that a federal crackdown on illicit foreign supplies of human growth hormone has failed to stop rampant misuse, and instead has driven record sales of the drug by some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

This photo shows an injector pen that contains approximately a weeks worth of HGH doses for a patient in need of the drug at the clinic of Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University, who helped write medical standards meant to limit HGH treatment to patients in need of the drug Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Chicago. An Associated Press investigation shows that a federal crackdown on illicit foreign supplies of human growth hormone has failed to stop rampant misuse, and instead has driven record sales of the drug by some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

This image made available by Atria Books shows the cover of Dr. Jeffry Life’s 2011 book “The Life Plan.” Life used testosterone and human growth hormone in his own bodybuilding regimen. (AP Photo/Atria Books, Terry Goodlad)

In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011 photo, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration stand outside the Treasure Coast Pharmacy in Jensen Beach after a raid. shortly before it opened Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing investigation. DEA, the Florida Department of Health, Florida State Troopers, Martin County Sheriff’s deputies and Boca Raton and Margate police participated in the investigation. (AP Photo/TCPalm.com, Alex Boerner) MANDATORY CREDIT: TCPALM.COM, ALEX BOERNER

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