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Device maker sues physician for slander

Device Regulation Alert: Safety, Compliance and Reimbursement News, January 19, 2009

NMT Medical, a Boston medical device manufacturer, filed suit against British researcher Dr. Peter Wilmshurst for slander and liable, according to a New York Times article.

Wilmshurst was an investigator in a study to determine whether NMT’s device for closing congenital holes in the heart could eliminate migraine headaches. NMT alleged Wilmshurt slandered the company when he was quoted in an online publication suggesting the trial may have failed because the company’s device did not work well. He also claimed NMT withheld trial data so it would not lose sales.

Company officials dispute Wilmshurst’s claims and filed suit to protect the company’s name, according to the Times.

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