Editorial from Journal Editors : Patient Care, Professionalism and Relations with Industry

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Editorial from Journal Editors : Patient Care, Professionalism and Relations with Industry

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Springer-Verlag
Volume
466
Issue
3
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DOI: 10.1007/s11999-007-0078-2
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  • Editorial

Abstract

EDITORIAL Editorial from Journal Editors Patient Care, Professionalism and Relations with Industry Richard A. Brand MD, Joseph A. Buckwalter MD, Timothy M. Wright PhD, S. Terry Canale MD, William P. Cooney III MD, Robert D’Ambrosia MD, Frank J. Frassica MD, William A. Grana MD, MPH, James D. Heckman MD, Robert N. Hensinger MD, George H. Thompson MD, L. Andrew Koman MD, Peter D. McCann MD, Gary G. Poehling MD, James H. Lubowitz MD, David Thordarson MD, Robert J. Neviaser MD � The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2008 Patient care is the primary focus of the orthopaedic pro- fession. The enhancement of patient care has required and will continue to require orthopaedic surgeons to collaborate productively with industry to develop new medical tech- nology and techniques that improve patient care. The relationship between orthopaedic surgeons and industry is of critical importance to the shared ultimate goal of improving patient care. Orthopaedic surgeons are well qualified to provide innovative ideas and feedback to industry, conduct research trials, serve on scientific advi- sory boards, and serve as faculty to teach the uses of new technology. The relationship between orthopaedic surgeons and industry is important and necessary, but it must be scrutinized carefully to avoid the pitfalls of real or per- ceived conflicts of interest that ultimately could affect patient care. In late September, four orthopaedic manufacturing companies entered into Deferred Prosecution Agreements, agreeing to pay civil settlements amounting to a total of $311 million. In addition, one orthopaedic company entered into a Non-Prosecution Agreement. All will be subject to oversight by a federal monitor appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice for 18 months. The companies did not admit any wrongdoing, plead guilty to any criminal charges or pay any criminal fines as part of the settlement. The federal government, through the U.S. Attorney’s

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