Pharmacist Accused Of Pushing Steroids Flips The Script With New Legal Career

By Victoria Kim 04/26/17

After a firsthand look at the power of the law, a Florida man who once faced 295 years in jail is opening his own law practice.

Midsection of lawyer putting documents in briefcase with gavel at desk in courtroom

Peter Del Toro, the Florida pharmacist once accused of running a massive multi-million-dollar steroid ring, is ditching his pharmacy career after winning his years-long battle with state prosecutors.

He’s now about to open his own law practice, after being sworn in by a judge last week. 

In 2014, Del Toro got his second chance when he was acquitted of all charges, including dozens of conspiracy and trafficking charges. Prosecutors had tried framing him, and internist Dr. Timothy Sigman, as profit-hungry drug pushers. 

“Technically, I’m not supposed to be here,” said Del Toro, according to the Palm Beach Post. “I’m supposed to be dead. Well, I’m supposed to be in prison and that’s being dead.”

According to the Florida paper, the 44-year-old pharmacist was faced with a 295-year prison sentence just three years ago.

Authorities claimed that in a six-month period, Del Toro’s compounding pharmacy had filled 10,744 prescriptions for steroids and human growth hormone (HGH)—many of which had come from anti-aging clinics in the Palm Beach area. He was also charged with illegally distributing oxycodone.

Throughout the trial, Del Toro and Sigman maintained that they truly believed in the power of hormone replacement therapy and its positive effects on men’s health as they aged—helping everything from depression, low energy, low sex drive, to high blood pressure and cholesterol.

By the end of the trial, Del Toro and Sigman were cleared of all charges—but had lost their licenses and businesses amid the legal battle.

While Dr. Sigman got his license back and restarted his career as an internist in Sebastian, Florida—Del Toro chose a different route. 

Instead of going back to his pharmacy career, he began applying to law schools three days after his not guilty verdict. His two-and-a-half-year fight for his innocence with the state of Florida inspired a desire to help others going through the same experience. “I can tell a client, I’ve been there,” he said.

Del Toro went on to attend St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami on a full scholarship, where he graduated top of his class in December.

His family and friends, including Dr. Sigman, watched as he was sworn into the Florida Bar last week. Del Toro even brought his former pharmacy technician, Jaclyn Rubino, along for the career switch. Rubino herself had to endure the trial, but the charges against her were since dismissed. She is now studying to be a paralegal.

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