In medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers talk about “frequent flyer doctors.” There are also frequent flyer companies that are accused of misconduct. Medtronic is increasingly showing up on this list for products liability lawyers.
A number of spinal procedures involving the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft that resulted in severe complications have been linked to spinal surgeons with financial ties to Medtronic.
Medtrnoic has already paid $40 million to settle whistleblower lawsuits filed by former Medtronic employees who allege that the company paid inducements to doctors to use Infuse and other Medtronic spine products.
The FDA has not approved the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft approved for spinal surgery in the patient’s neck. But this has not stopped some spinal surgeons with financial ties to Medtronic from pushing Medtronic’s Infuse Bone Graft for use in cervical spine surgeries. In July, the FDA sent out a letter to doctors warning that using the device in the cervical spine can cause “life threatening complications.”
The Wall Street Journal blogs about it here.