A pharmaceutical company said on Thursday that it sold Ben Johnson's personal physician anabolic steroids of the kind that cost the Canadian sprinter an Olympic gold medal last week.

Dr. George Mario (Jamie) Astaphan, who has denied giving the sprinter Stanozolol, bought the muscle-building substance from Sterling Drug Ltd., a company spokesman said.Stanozolol, banned by the International Olympic Committee, was found in Johnson's urine after his record-breaking 100-meters win in Seoul. His time was stricken from the books and his gold medal was withdrawn.