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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. An Associated Press investigation shows that a federal crackdown on illicit foreign supplies of human growth hormone has failed to stop rampant misuse. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

AP IMPACT: Big Pharma cashes in on HGH abuse

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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, an Associated Press investigation shows.

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The crackdown, which began in 2006, reduced the illegal flow of unregulated supplies from China, India and Mexico.

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