Kevin Custis and Bonnie Chen: Two Steroid-Prescribing Physicians Stripped of Licenses and CDS Registrations by New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners

Kevin Custis and Bonnie Chen: Two Steroid-Prescribing Physicians Stripped of Licenses and CDS Registrations by New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners

There are numerous medical doctors who will prescribe therapeutic dosages of the anabolic steroid testosterone for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It is much harder to find doctors who will prescribe real bodybuilding dosages of testosterone and other anabolic steroids. This obviously stems from the fact that the latter practice is illegal. Yet some doctors go down this legally perilous path.

New Jersey bodybuilders who were patients of Dr. Kevin Custis and Dr. Bonnie Chen considered themselves fortunate to receive prescriptions for pharmaceutical-quality injectable testosterone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), Clomid, Arimidex and other ancillary bodybuilding drugs. Of course, it was only a matter of time before Dr. Custis and Dr. Chen came to the attention of law enforcement officials.

The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners revoked the medical licenses and the Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) registrations of Dr. Custis and Dr. Chen according to a press release by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General published on August 9, 2018.

“Doctors are entrusted with the authority to prescribe dangerous drugs, but it is a power they must wield responsibly – and it is a power that will be revoked if they fail to adhere to their professional standards,” state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said. “Physicians who indiscriminately prescribe dangerous drugs for profit are no better than street-corner drug dealers, and we will do everything we can to protect our communities from such danger.”

Dr. Custis was disciplined after he was busted in a federal steroid trafficking investigation. Custis pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (anabolic steroids) in April 2018. Custis prescribed a variety of different anabolic steroids to two undercover federal officers posing as bodybuilders who wanted to build muscle. Custis admitted to prescribing the steroids “solely for muscle enhancement, beauty, and muscle building and fitness competitions.”

Dr. Custis also got caught with 4 kilograms of marijuana at his home. He admitted distributing the marijuana to his patients even though he did not have any authority to do so. He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Dr. Chen was identified as one of five doctors who prescribed bodybuilding dosages of anabolic steroids to New Jersey cops in an undercover investigation conducted by the Star-Ledger newspaper in 2010. As a result of this investigation, Chen was formally reprimanded in 2013. The other four doctors were the late Joseph Calao, Roger Lallemand Jr., Henry Balzani and Robert Ortiz.

The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners identified “new allegations related to her prescribing of hormone replacement medications” in 2018. These new allegations led to The Board’s decision to revoke her medical license and CDS registration.

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