The U.S. Senate investigation of very close ties between doctors and the medical device maker Medtronic has revealed that another of the company’s consultants, Dr. David W. Polly Jr., may have had a good reason to favor Medtronic. In 2006, the doctor urged members of a Senate panel to continue paying for Defense Department medical research into combat-related injuries. But interestingly, Dr. Polly failed to disclose during his testimony that he was a “Medtronic consultant” and was billing the company $6,000 for his appearance before the Senate panel. Instead, according to a report by the New York Times, the doctor told lawmakers that he was representing a professional medical association of orthopedic surgeons.
Source: New York Times
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