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West County Doctor Pleads Guilty to Distributing Mexican Human Growth Hormone Drugs to Local Patients

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – DR. MICHAEL "TED" MIMLITZ pled guilty to distributing misbranded Human Growth Hormone (“HGH”) to local patients at his St. Louis County medical clinic between March 2014 and June 2015.

According to court documents, under federal law, doctors can lawfully prescribe HGH for several narrow medical uses, for example to patients with wasting diseases associated with AIDS or Prader-Willi syndrome.  Under federal law, HGH cannot be prescribed to help patients with body-building, anti-aging or weight loss treatments.  Dr. Mimlitz was employed at a medical clinic in St. Louis County that specialized in treating men who were experiencing a lack of energy, decreases in strength or endurance or decreased athletic ability. 

Mimlitz, St. Louis County, Missouri, pled guilty before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry to one felony count of distributing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. Sentencing has been set for April 21, 2016.

He now faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.  In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Office of Criminal Investigation for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Updated January 14, 2016