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Medtronic subsidiary pays $17m to settle allegations of kickbacks to US doctors

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1217 (Published 15 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1217
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A subsidiary of the device maker Medtronic will pay $17.5m (£13.2m; €15.4m) to resolve allegations from the US Department of Justice that it offered doctors kickbacks in the form of free or discounted services to encourage them to buy its devices and bill the cost to Medicare or Medicaid.

The doctors received no money from the company, called Covidien, but the support it gave them in developing their practices and finding new patients nevertheless counted as an illegal inducement to bill the government for services that involved the company’s products, US attorneys warned.

“Today’s settlement serves as an important reminder to those in the healthcare …

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