Patient Suing Stryker Can't Get Calif. Hospital Records

Law360, New York (September 25, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT) -- A woman suing Stryker Corp. over experimental spinal surgery that allegedly worsened her health cannot force a hospital board to produce records of its communications with the company, because state law shields the committee from discovery requests, a California appeals court ruled Monday.

The court’s decision rejected April Christine Cabana’s argument that the institutional review board at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where she underwent an operation involving Stryker products, is not covered by California’s evidence code because it incudes members who aren’t health care professionals....
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