Pushback against Medtronic’s Infuse hits boiling point

Medtronic’s ongoing woes with its blockbuster spine fusion product Infuse have been a staple of Covering Health for as long as we can remember, but things have reached a crescendo this week. Photo by attila acs via Flickr The first blow came with the publication of John Fauber’s in-depth report (read it at the Journal […]

Medtronic attracts attention from Baucus, Grassley

Readers of Covering Health are likely familiar with medical device manufacturer Medtronic and John Fauber’s coverage of conflicts of interest surrounding the company’s Infuse product. It seems that U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and senior member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also are aware of the coverage. The two, leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, have demanded […]

Medtronic, researchers failed to report known link to complication

Medtronic, a medical device maker, and researchers with financial ties to the company have known for years that a “biological agent used in back surgery was linked to sterility in men,” reports John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The doctors, who have received millions in royalties from Medtronic, failed to include the information in […]

Kuklo scandal spotlights DoD/Medtronic ties

In the wake of news of a falsified study published in a British bone and joint medicine journal by former Walter Reed Medical Center surgeon Timothy Kuklo, reported by The New York Times‘ Duff Wilson and Barry Meier, the Center for Public Integrity’s M.B. Pell, Aaron Mehta and Nick Schwellenbach have help paint a broader […]

FDA issues another reminder about the risks of connected medical devices to hacking

In recent years, as medical devices have become more connected, cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm on their vulnerabilities. A panel at Health Journalism 2018 covered the topic, with experts encouraging reporters to ask their local hospitals about plans to safeguard medical devices from cyber threats.