December 1, 2005

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DOJ Investigates Cardiac Rhythm Device Manufacturers


U.S. Attorney Sullivan: Scrutinizing CRM manufacturers.

Similar to the probe of leading orthopedic firms announced last March, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently issued subpoenas to the top three manufacturers of cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices: Medtronic Inc. (Minneapolis), Guidant Corp. (Indianapolis), and St. Jude. Medical Inc. (St. Paul, MN). The subpoenas were issued by the Boston office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Michael Sullivan, requesting information and documentation related to the sales practices associated with each company's implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), cardiac pacemakers, leads, and related product lines.

A former Massachusetts state legislator, Sullivan is regarded as a tough, aggressive prosecutor who has built a reputation pursuing healthcare fraud cases. He tends to seek maximum penalties while avoiding any plea-bargaining deals. Since his appointment in 2001, his healthcare fraud unit has reportedly netted the federal government $3.3 billion in fines.

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