U.S. prosecutor vs. health industry (Pioneer Press)
After string of successful fraud prosecutions, Sullivan takes on medical device makers
BY JEREMY OLSON
A watchdog of the pharmaceutical industry is turning his attention to the marketing practices of the medical device industry.
Michael Sullivan, the U.S. attorney for the Massachusetts district, has earned more than $3.3 billion for the federal government through health care fraud lawsuits. His biggest cases challenged whether drug makers used kickbacks or other improper methods to sell their products.
His office has now issued subpoenas seeking documents from Guidant, Medtronic and St. Jude Medical — all makers of pacemakers and defibrillators with ties to the Twin Cities. The investigation builds on the heightened scrutiny of the device industry, which has followed a series of recalls of defective implantable cardioverter defibrillators.