Medtronic Under Federal Investigation for Payments to Doctors

Medtronic is under federal investigation for payments to physicians concerning its Sprint Fidelis defibrillator. The Justice Department has asked Medtronic to provide it with information about any payments it may have made to foreign doctors in violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
A Senate panel is investigating the FDA’s monitoring of medical device components including defibrillators. Medtronic has had difficulty with its Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads after complaints surfaced that the leads were fracturing causing abnormal or malfunctioning of the electrical impulse sent to the heart to restore a normal rhythm.