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Orthopaedic implant company pays £5m order for making corrupt payments to Greek surgeons

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2408 (Published 13 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2408
  1. Clare Dyer
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A UK based orthopaedic implant company, De Puy International, has been ordered to pay nearly £5m (€5.6; $8.1m) to the UK authorities for making corrupt payments to Greek surgeons to induce them to buy its products for the state health service.

The civil recovery order, obtained by the Serious Fraud Office at the High Court in London, is part of a global settlement with the healthcare products giant Johnson & Johnson—which acquired De Puy International and its US based parent company, De Puy Incorporated, in 1999—by the US, UK, and Greek authorities.

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