Medtronic's pull influenced Infuse articles, report finds

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 25, 2012 - 10:48 PM

Med-tech firm disputes U.S. Senate panel's findings.

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myanmarickOct. 25, 1211:21 AM

Of course they did and lobbysists for almost all of the big health care companies wrote major portions of the Obama Health Care Bill for the Us House and the US Senate. USA...best government money can buy!

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anderson245Oct. 25, 1211:48 AM

What is the problem with this? I'm with the Republicans, I think corporations should be able to determine what is best for us.

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stpaulisbestOct. 25, 1211:54 AM

Riiiggght. They should have left it to the politicians. I just don't see how people who are medical professionals should have any say in medicine.

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daveseavyOct. 25, 1211:56 AM

This hardly comes as a surprise. It happens with drug companies, and just about every other medical device manufacturer. The entire industry has its dark side, and so long as there is a pile of money to be made, it will continue.

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mike2636Oct. 25, 1212:05 PM

Doctors sold out to big business and big insurance a long time ago? Who would be surprised?

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EleanoreOct. 25, 1212:44 PM

Again, this is what a two party system will do for us, us partyfolk that is.

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mouthwashOct. 25, 1212:48 PM

"The entire industry has its dark side" ... dating from at least as far back as when Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.

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knuthansenOct. 25, 1212:53 PM

It's what's left out of these articles that bothers me. How is anybody expected to make an informed decision when corporate bias is controlling information.

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jdlellis1Oct. 25, 12 1:48 PM

A few years back, a federal approval agency denied Medtronic market approval not because the product was unsafe but because the agency disagreed with the effectiveness of the therapy. Sounds like those who believe their is an unholy alliance between medical professionals and medical manufactures would prefer the government to determine what product citizens should have access. Medical manufactures should take the lead in utilizing doctors to determine what products are useful for patients and doctors should be compensated for their expertise. It only makes sense for the manufactures to take the lead in preparing regulator approvals and peer review journals. The role for the government is to ensure the integrity/safety of clinical trials and manufacturing processes.

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CayshedOct. 25, 12 2:00 PM

The NUMBER ONE company goal of Medtronic is to "alleviate pain". Gee. Knowing that I can't possibly imagine why medical MJ isn't legal in Minnesota yet? Can you?

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