Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chuckie's in Love

No readers, I'm not talking about the Ricky Lee Jones song! I am talking about our favorite senior, and I mean very senior Senator from the State of Iowa, Chuck Grassley. It seems Senator Grassley, aka Senator Death Panel, is at it again questioning the research that was performed by Dr. David Polly. Hey, Senator can you give Dr. Polly a break? It seems that outside of Polly's temporary memory faux pas back in 2006, he has established the industry standard for documenting consulting hours while being on Medtronic's payroll to the tune of $1.14 million dollars. Just read Walter Eisner's article in OTW.

If Grassley is so concerned about physicians relationships with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, maybe he needs to look into some of the shenanigans that have been, or are implemented by other companies in our industry. You know the ones that are really buying the business. Come on Senator, give Medtronic a break. You've beaten them with such a vengeance, that Bill Hawkins is actually attempting to take the moral high ground by denying that his company had any knowledge of Dr. Polly's intent back in 2006.

Dr. Polly's only fault is that he should not have talked as much as he did, when he stepped up to the plate on behalf of Medtronic. Let's face it, INFUSE was not the only product on the market at that time. It was the only product that he was getting paid for, advocating the BMP clinically and commercially. Dr. Polly's attorney should brush up on the facts when he states that his client wanted to use a product that was commercially available. Unfortunately, he doesn't understand the meaning of a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE).

The saga continues and the investigation goes on! What do our readers think?

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