Doctor investigated for Medtronic consultationPosted on May 19, 2009
Attorney Ronald E. Johnson of Schachter & Hendy concentrates on legal issues surround defective products. A recent article in The New York Times says that a top US Senator is investigating a former Walter Reed Army Medical Center doctor who has been accused of falsifying a medical study involving a product made by Medtronic.
The investigation led by Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa is questioning the connection between Dr. Timothy R. Kuklo, who worked as a consultant for Medtronic. In an earlier New York Times article, a British medical journal retracted an article by Dr. Kuklo after they found out he forged names of other doctors as co-authors.
According to the New York Times, army investigators said that Dr. Kuklo’s article had overstated the benefits of a Medtronic bone-growth product, called Infuse. Infuse was used at Walter Reed to treat American soldiers who had suffered severe lower leg injuries in Iraq. Senator Grassley and the Justice Department are also investigating whether Medtronic illegally promoted uses of Infuse that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.