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Orthopedic kickbacks

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

The Jan. 14, 2008 issue (1back page) erroneously reported that Arkansas surgeon Patrick Chan pled guilty Jan. 3 to receiving illegal kickbacks from Synthes and Blackstone Medical (now part of Orthofix). In fact, Chan pled guilty to receiving illegal kickbacks from a distributor of spine surgery devices made by Osteotech, Orthofix, Alphatec and Signus. Chan's agreement to pay $1.5 million to settle a whistleblower's allegations that he took illegal kickbacks from Synthes and Blackstone is part of a separate civil case, in which he admitted no wrongdoing

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