Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Two senior Synthes executives pleaded guilty to illegally promoting off label use of Norian XR on 200 patients that resulted in three deaths. Michael Huggins and John Walsh pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of introducing adultered medical devices into interstate commerce. They face a $100,000 fine and the potential of spending one year in prison (minimum security I hope). Two other Synthes executives, Tom Higgins and Richard Bohner are expected to plead guilty in the upcoming weeks. So the Norian XR saga comes to an end. I hope Hansjoerg is taking care of your legal fees and fine considering that Person #7 was fully aware of what was going on!