The U.S. attorney in Boston subpoenaed at least three major manufacturers of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators for documents regarding the devices. The devicemakers, Medtronic, Guidant Corp. and St. Jude Medical, said they intend to cooperate with the request. Medtronic said the subpoena also asked for information regarding benefits given to people who recommended the devices and the company's policies on antikickback law. Guidant said it also received a subpoena from the U.S. attorney in Minneapolis requesting documents related to some of its defibrillators; Guidant recalled some defibrillators models over the summer because of possible flaws. In a similarly sweeping move last March, the Justice Department subpoenaed nearly all of the large orthopedics manufacturers for information about their relationships with orthopedic surgeons. -- by Cinda Becker
U.S. begins investigation of cardiac devicemakers
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