The U.S. attorney's office in Boston has subpoenaed at least three major manufacturers of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators for documents related to the devices. Guidant Corp., Indianapolis; Medtronic, Minneapolis; and St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, Minn., all said they intend to fully cooperate with the requests.
In addition to documents related to the devices, related components, monitoring equipment and services, Medtronic said its subpoena asked for information regarding any benefits given to people who recommended purchases of the devices as well as the company's policies related to anti-kickback laws. Guidant said it also received a subpoena from the U.S. attorney in Minneapolis requesting documents related to some of its defibrillators -- models the company recalled in June because of potential flaws.
In a similar move last March, the U.S. Justice Department subpoenaed nearly all of the large orthopedic manufacturers, seeking information about their relationships with orthopedic surgeons.