Joint Makers Paid More Than $200M In Kickback Probe

Law360, New York (November 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The five major makers of artificial joints revealed that they have paid more than $200 million so far this year to doctors and hospitals as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The disclosures on the companies' Web sites were part of a deal the five companies reached with the DOJ in September following a U.S. government investigation into kickbacks in the hip and knee replacement industry.

Zimmer Holdings Inc., the largest of the pure orthopedic manufacturers, reported 21 instances of payments over...
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