Physician ties to medical device firms probed

By Amy Lynn Sorrel, AMNews staff. Sept. 8, 2008.

A Pennsylvania lawsuit alleging that several medical device companies paid illegal kickbacks to physicians raises questions about doctors' relationships with the industry and could signal elevated scrutiny of these ties.

A privately owned medical supply company accused five leading orthopedic device manufacturers of paying dozens of physicians, in the form of travel, meals, royalties and consulting fees, to promote the companies' products.

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