Saturday, July 30, 2016

UCLA pays out $8.5 million in Medtronic conflict of interest scandal

If you've been following the slow, lingering train wreck known as "Infuse," you'll remember that in 2014 UCLA paid out $10 million to its former chair of orthopedic surgery in a whistleblower retaliation suit. Dr. Robert Pedowitz had told his administration that the massive payments that UCLA surgeons were getting from Medtronic had harmed patient care.

Yesterday the payouts grew ever larger. The University of California Regents authorized another $8.5 million, this time to two patients who sued Dr. Jeffrey Wang, a former UCLA surgeon, alleging they were harmed by his conflicts of interest and off-label use of Infuse.

I get the sense that the Infuse scandal is not going to end anytime soon.

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