Doc Who Shared Teen Patient Info With Drug Co. Avoids Jail

Law360, Boston (January 14, 2019, 3:10 PM EST) -- A Boston federal judge ruled Monday that a pediatric heart doctor in Georgia will not go to prison for letting representatives from Aegerion Pharmaceuticals sift through his patients' private information to identify candidates for an expensive medication that was only approved for a condition none of the children had.

Eduardo Montaña was sentenced to six months of probation for the misdemeanor, to which he pled guilty in February. The judge's decision aligned with the government's recommendation that the doctor not be incarcerated.

"I do give the government's evaluation of the case some deference," U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley said after...

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