Exec Says US Can't Prove Intent In Bone Cement Case

Law360, New York (June 14, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT) -- Attorneys for a former Synthes Inc. executive told a Pennsylvania federal court Monday that prosecutors should not attempt to prove he knew the bone cement clinical trials he oversaw were illegal, since he has already copped to breaking the law unintentionally.

Thomas B. Higgins admitted he violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act when he oversaw clinical trials of bone cement during spinal surgery on about 200 patients and continued to help market the product even when three patients lost their lives on the operating table....
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