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Whistleblower Alerts Americans to Dangers of Risky Unapproved Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation
Date:3/11/2010

WASHINGTON, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- As reported in today's Wall Street Journal, the more than 2 million Americans with atrial fibrillation are now on notice that the over-zealous marketing tactics and incentives by manufacturers of expensive medical devices which are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of atrial fibrillation are likely to be influencing doctors' and hospitals' decisions about treatment for their patients' heart conditions.

That's the message former Boston Scientific medical device sales representative Elaine George is trying to make public before there are more deaths and injuries caused by the escalating use of this unapproved treatment for atrial fibrillation (AFib). The suspect procedure in question, called minimally invasive surgical ablation, is being promoted and used as a treatment for AFib, one of the most commonly occurring heart conditions, despite the fact that this specific use has never received FDA approval. Ms. George hired Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP to bring whistleblower (qui tam) suits against the major medical device companies engaging in these dangerous practices in the billion-dollar a year AFib industry

Ms. George Files Suit Against Five Companies; Two Have Settled


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