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Medtronic Settles Physician Kickback Probe

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Reuters has reported that Medtronic will pay $23.5 million to settle allegations over kickbacks paid to physicians who used its pacemakers and defibrillators. The US Department of Justice said that Medtronic sought out physicians to participate in studies and registries and paid physician fees of up to $2,000 for patient information and data collected when Medtronic devices were used. The Justice Department also said Medtronic caused false claims to be submitted to Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Assistant attorney general for the Justice Department civil division, Tony West, said, “Kickbacks, like those alleged here, distort sound medical judgments with financial incentives paid for by the taxpayers.”

Chris Garland, Medtronic spokesperson said, “We are happy that the investigation is behind us so we can continue to design and execute clinical trials that generate evidence to improve patient care, outcomes, and cost effectiveness.”

The settlement resolves two whistleblower lawsuits against Medtronic.

The company is also currently facing a probe by the US Senate and Justice Department over the off-label promotion of its spinal product, Infuse, and whether doctors were paid by Medtronic to not report significant side effects. disclaimer: This article: Medtronic Settles Physician Kickback Probe was posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 9:26 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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