Medtronic has recently reached a $2.8 million settlement with the U.S. government to resolve allegations that the manufacturer knowingly promoted its SubQ spinal cord stimulation products for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the Medtronic SubQ settlement in a February 6, 2015 news release and acknowledged the agreement will resolve claims that the manufacturer continually violated the federal False Claims Act from 2007 through 2011.
If you were fitted with a Medtronic SubQ spinal cord stimulation device or if you have questions about the Medtronic SubQ settlement, contact Attorney Group. We can answer questions at no out-of-pocket cost to you, and if you have a case we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you in pursuing your claims against the company.
False Claims Allegations Against
According to allegations, Medtronic used “on-site training programs” for physicians as well as other methods to promote the use of its spinal cord stimulation devices for SubQ stimulation procedures. These procedures involve placing the medical devices under the patient’s skin near an area of pain, and then providing electrical impulses designed to alleviate the pain and discomfort. However, according to reports, the FDA never approved the procedure and the method has not yet been established as effective or safe.
The U.S. Department of Justice claims that Medtronic knowingly caused dozens of healthcare providers in more than 20 states to submit claims to TRICARE and Medicare for investigational medical procedures known as SubQ stimulation that were not reimbursable. The allegations resulted from a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former Medtronic sales representative.
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