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Charges dropped against four device makers after DPAs expire

Device Regulation Alert: Safety, Compliance and Reimbursement News, April 13, 2009

The Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped criminal conspiracy charges against Zimmer, Depuy Orthopaedics, Biomet, and Smith & Nephew after 18-month deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) against the companies expired March 31.

The companies entered into the DPAs September 27, 2007. After a two-year investigation, the government alleged the companies provided financial incentives—including consulting agreements, lavish trips, and other perks—to induce physicians to use one company’s artificial hip and knee reconstruction and replacement products instead of those manufactured by another company.

Read more about the DOJ’s decision to drop charges against four device makers.

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