Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Whistle-blowing Minneapolis cardiologists step up again

Unlike doctors at the University of Minnesota, who appear to be either working for industry or afraid of it, two cardiologists at the Minneapolis Heart Institute blew the whistle five years ago on a potentially lethal defect in a heart defibrillator made by Guidant. One of their patients, a 21 year-old man, had died unexpectedly as a result of the defect. Yesterday, those two cardiologists, Barry Maron and Robert Hauser, again spoke out publicly to oppose a plea agreement, urging U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank to reject the proposed plea "on behalf of the patients who died or suffered pain and mental anguish as the direct result of Guidant's illegal and unethical behavior."

Read more in the Strib.

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