Norian, Synthes Charged With Illegal Human Tests

Law360, New York (June 16, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Medical device maker Norian Corp., its parent Synthes Inc. and four high-level Synthes executives have been accused of conducting illegal clinical trials of bone cement during spinal surgery on about 200 patients and continuing to market the product until after three patients lost their lives on the operating table.

The indictment, issued Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and acting Assistant Attorney General Michael F. Hertz, charges West Chester, Pa.-based Norian, Switzerland-based Synthes and the four executives of unlawfully...
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