Companies like DePuy Caught Paying Ortho Docs Millions- But For What?


Of course, companies like DePuy have deep pockets, but until this article in USA Today, it wasn’t clear just how deep.  The Archives of Internal Medicine conducted a study showing that 41 orthopedic doctors accepted over 114-million dollars from companies like DePuy & Zimmer in “payments.”  What exactly those payments were for is unclear, but you can use your imagination.  Here’s an excerpt from the article written by Steve Sternberg of USA Today.  The link to the complete article is below.

“The medical device industry’s practices were so flagrant that they prompted an investigation by the Justice Department. Indeed, the payments reported in the new study appear in Internet listings set up by five big orthopedic device makers — Zimmer, DePuy Orthopaedics, Biomet, Stryker and Smith & Nephew — as part of a September 2007 settlement that capped a federal inquiry of company kickbacks to doctors. Zimmer, DePuy Orthopaedics, Biomet and Smith & Nephew also paid the government $311 million in penalties.”

USA Today Article about the Big Orthopedic Companies giving millions in kickbacks to doctors.

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