Monday, December 28, 2009
Investigations: Med Journal Editor Pockets $20M in Royalties
The editor of a medical journal on spinal disorders - a well-known orthopedic surgeon - pocketed more than $20 million in dollars in royalties from spinal device maker Medtronic, according to this interesting investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Meanwhile, the journal he edited became a conduit for positive research articles involving Medtronic spinal products, the piece reports. It's the latest in a long series of revelations about U.S. and Canadian doctors enjoying cozy ties with medical-device makers and drug companies. See more in this post and this Montreal Gazette story.