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Monday, February 06, 2006

Wisconsin Med School Surgeon charged with Conflict of Interest

A prominent University of Wisconsin professor and surgeon has been charged with a conflict of interest for taking a $400,000 consulting contract with a leading medical device producer in exchange for using and endorsing its products.

Dr. Thomas Zdeblick’s contract with Medtronic Inc., one of the world’s largest medical technology companies, began in 1998. It required Zdeblick to work as little as 8 days a year for his $400,000 retainer. Medtronic products were used in many of the back surgeries performed at the hospital, but UW’s administration and patients were never informed of Zdeblick’s relationship with Medtronic.

Details of the contract became public last month when a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Medtronic and 16 surgeons was unsealed in federal court. A former employee of Medtronic alleges that Zdeblick and the other doctors were given lucrative consulting contracts in exchange for using and promoting Medtronic products. Click the following link to read the Milwaukee Journal’s account of this false claims action.

Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 02/06 at 05:26 AM
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