New York, NY (PRWEB) November 19, 2005
Guidant Corporation, Medtronic, and St. Jude Medical all received a subpoena this week from the US Attorney in Boston. The subpoenas seek information related to possible violations of Federal anti-fraud and anti-kickback statutes.
While Guidant and Medtronic have both issued formal statements in response to the subpoenas, neither company has directly addressed the charge by the Boston US Attorney—did the companies pay doctors or hospitals to continue to implant their devices. The US Attorney in Boston, and State Attorneys nationwide, are interested in the possible kickbacks the companies paid to various physicians and medical facilities to encourage continued or increased use of heart defibrillators. Said Attorney Cory Rosenbaum, “The interest in this serious violation is obvious. If Guidant and Medtronic were paying doctors to encourage them to use their heart devices, obviously the doctors were unduly influenced. That’s what makes this so serious.”
The three companies manufacture or implant heart defibrillators. Guidant Corporation, the maker of the Contak Renewal and Contak Renewal II devices, has recently been the subject of recalls and litigation because their devices are defective. Medtronic, also a defibrillator manufacturer, has similar problems.
Cory Rosenbaum, of Martinez, Rosenbaum & Faria, LLP a bilingual law firm with offices in Los Angeles and Manhattan, said, “This DOJ investigation is going to discover whether any of these companies offered illegal payments to doctors to use or continue to use their products on patients. If Guidant and Medtronic were willing to provide the US Attorney with the information voluntarily, they probably would not have been served with subpoenas.”
Rosenbaum’s law firm continues to offer its support to New York’s attorney General and will support, in any way it can, the efforts of all government agencies that try to help the victims of these defective heart devices.
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