Buying steroids in the Dominican is as easy as walking into a Pharmacy and asking for them.  Gregg Sarra, from Newsday, was in the DR on a family vacation and did simply that.

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With all of the buzz surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s admission that he used steroids from 2001-03 when he played for the Rangers, and his remarks that they could be obtained easily over the counter in the Dominican Republic, I thought, “Let’s see if it’s really that easy to make a purchase.”

I walked into the Andreita Farmacia on the corner of a busy intersection on Calle Independencia in the middle of San Pedro de Macoris. I asked the pharmacist if he carried anabolic steroids, namely Primobolan and Sustonan 250.

“Si, señor,” he said.  He pointed to a shelf behind him as an overhead fan blew hot air on this steamy, 84-degree day. The druggist told me that Primobolan, also known as “Boli,” the steroid A-Rod admitted to using, was sold out. A new shipment would be available by midweek, he said.

“Primobolan is very popular,” he said.

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Sarra eventually is able to buy some anabolic steroids as well as syringes.  The pharmacy even offers to ship to the US for him.  Intriguing – especially considering the statement by the nation’s health minister that Boli is only available on the black market.