Kickback Settlement Includes Publishing Names of and Payments to Physicians

Shortly before the holidays, Boston Scientific agreed to pay $22 million to resolve allegations that its subsidiary, Guidant, paid kickbacks to physicians to induce them to use Guidant pacemakers and defibrillators, in addition to a previous agreement to pay a $296 million fine resulting from a criminal investigation relating to defective defibrillators. On December 23, 2009, Boston Scientific entered into a separate civil kickback settlement due to allegations that Guidant paid between $1,000 and $1,500 to cardiologists and electrophysiologists to participate in post-marketing studies. As part of this settlement, Boston Scientific must publish the names of the physicians involved and payment amounts on the CIA’s website by June 2011.

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