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Second cardiologist is sued for criticising a commercial health product

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 29 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2023
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A cardiologist who was the principal investigator in a small feasibility and safety study of a “healing” stent is being sued for defamation by the device’s manufacturer over his reporting of adverse events.

The Hong Kong based company, OrbusNeich, has filed a lawsuit in the Netherlands against Pavel Cervinka, head of cardiology at the Masaryk Hospital in Ústí nad Labem in the Czech Republic, over his reports of the results of the GENIUS-STEMI trial, which compared the company’s Genous stent with a bare metal stent in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction.

Dr Cervinka first presented the results of the study at an American College of Cardiology meeting in 2009, where his presentation was …

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