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This Is Obscene - Medtronic Paid the Surgeon Accused Of Falsifying Study Nearly $800,000

Poor Earl Bakken... He is a wonderful man. I've met him and he - and a lot of Medtronic employees - must be sick over this. Some of my students and friends have worked at Medtronic and this situation is truly sad.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. says it paid nearly $800,000 over the past three years to a former Army surgeon accused of fabricating a study that reported positive results for one of the company's key spine products.

Some of the consulting payments occurred during the time that the surgeon, Timothy R. Kuklo, was shopping his favorable study of Medtronic's Infuse bone-graft product to medical journals. The paper, ultimately published last August in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, reported advantages in healing the legs of injured soldiers when Infuse was used.

Game, set, match...

Dr. Polly, does this qualify as a conflict of interest?

Frank - Dr. Cerra , let's get off our butts and do something about our conflict of interest policy at the U of M, now...

I can't possibly believe that you agree with Dr. Polly's view:

"A former Walter Reed colleague, Dr. David W. Polly Jr., who is also a Medtronic consultant, said he believed that Dr. Kuklo's data was "strong" and the episode had been overblown."

And the icing on the cake is that Dr. Polly has been giving lectures in the U of M's mini med school about conflict of interest.

"Physicians and industry relations"

There's no debating it: The relationship between physicians and industry is paramount to the vitality of the medical profession. David Polly, Jr., M.D., professor and chief of spinal surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, tried his best to prove that point during his presentation at Mini Medical School.

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