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2013 Cases Involving Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Failure Allegations Now Being Investigated by Resource4thePeople Lawyers
Date:3/30/2013

about a medical device company shielding negative facts about the safety of their product from consumers while paying to have positive information circulated in respected medical journals.”

Resource4thePeople also is recommending that any patient who had a Medtronic Infuse bone graft take the time to read the report that was issued jointly by Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and senior member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) after the 16-month investigation into Medtronic revealed questionable ties between the medical technology and medical research findings.

“Medtronic’s actions violate the trust patients have in their medical care. Medical journal articles should convey an accurate picture of the risks and benefits of drugs and medical devices, but patients are at serious risk when companies distort the facts the way Medtronic has,” Senator Baucus said. “Patients everywhere will be better served by a more open, honest system without this kind of collusion.”

“These findings emphasize the value of the Grassley-Kohl Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which will result in public disclosure of industry payments to physicians starting next year. The findings also should prompt medical journals to take a very proactive approach to accounting for the content of the articles along with the authorship of the articles and studies they feature,” Grassley said.

“These publications are prestigious and influential, and their standing rests on rigorous science and objectivity. It’s in the interest of these journals to take action, and the public will benefit from more transparency and accountability on their part.”

Resource4thePeople also notes that there have long been concerns about the safety of the cervical spine fusions and that FDA issued a Public Health Notification in 2008 warning about life-threatening complications associated with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein in cervical spine fusion.***

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