Medtronic continues to pay millions of dollars to doctors who authored questionable research articles concerning the safety and effectiveness of the company’s InFuse spine growth product.
In 2014, Medtronic Sofamor Danek – Medtronic’s spine division – paid $60.7 million in royalties to 79 doctors and their affiliates, including to the authors of controversial studies of InFuse. Dr. Ken Burkus, a Georgia surgeon and the lead author on six InFuse studies that omitted adverse events, received $374,000 from Medtronic. Dr. Regis Haid, an Atlanta, Georgia, neurosurgeon and the lead author of one study, was paid $2.3 million in royalties. Both doctors received their payments from third-party companies. StarTribune.com reports the company paid $90 million in royalties last year. More Medtronic is Paying the Authors of Controversial InFuse Research Millions of Dollars in Royalties Even as it Faces Thousands of Lawsuits