Probe into Medical Device Kickbacks Now Targets Doctors

Federal investigators looking into kickbacks in the orthopedic device industry have apparently set their sites on another target – doctors who received these illegal incentives. The physician investigation is just the latest chapter in the government’s ongoing probe of the financial arrangements often made between medical device makers and the doctors who use their products. So far, the kickback investigation has uncovered excessive consulting agreements, lavish trips and other perks the makers of hip and knee implants handed out as rewards to surgeons who used their products.

Read More

DePuy Issues Warning on Hip Implant Device

DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, warned last week that its ASR artificial hip implant appears to have a high early failure rate in some patients. This warning came months after DePuy announce it was phasing out the ASR for declining sales.

Read More

Taxpayers, Insurers, Patients Bear the Cost of Failed Joint Implants

Who foots the bill when an artificial hip or other joint implant fails prematurely due to a defect? According to a report in The New York Times, its’ almost never the maker of the device.

Read More

European Regulators to Review Metal Hip Replacements

European health regulators will be conducting a review of 40,000 metal-on-metal hip replacements over fears that the devices could cause non-cancerous tumors and tissue damage. An official with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told the Sunday Times that the review likely means that some recipient of metal hip implants will need to have them replaced.

Read More

Some Surgeons Reconsider Use of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

It looks like some orthopedic surgeons are souring on metal-on-metal hip implants. In a recent survey of some surgeons, a significant number said they planned to reduce their use of the devices.

Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Medical Device Makers Paid Illegal Kickbacks to Doctors

A Pennsylvania medical supply company is suing six joint implant manufacturers over alleged illegal kickbacks to doctors. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on Monday, alleges that the defendants blocked Intermedics-McCullough out of the market despite selling inferior and more costly products by offering kickbacks “for the purpose of gaining exclusive access to the lucrative replacement hip, knee and joint industry and to the orthopedic industry in general.”

Read More