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Department of Justice Investigation of Orthopaedic Industry*
William L. Healy, MD1; Richard N. Peterson, JD2
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805
2 6300 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
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Read, in part, at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction in Orlando, Florida, on December 12, 2008.
Disclosure: The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of their research for or preparation of this work. One or more of the authors, or a member of his or her immediate family, received, in any one year, payments or other benefits in excess of $10,000 or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity (DePuy Orthopaedics).
Disclaimer: The authors have no financial conflict related to this manuscript. Dr. Healy had a Consulting Agreement and a Product Development Agreement with DePuy Orthopaedics. At the time this report was prepared, Dr. Healy was serving as Treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and Mr. Peterson was the General Counsel of the AAOS. This report represents only the views of the authors. This report is not endorsed or approved by the AAOS. At the time of publication of this report, Dr. Healy was President of the Knee Society.
Investigation performed at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, Massachusetts, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2009 Jul 01;91(7):1791-1805. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.00096
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The U.S. Department of Justice investigation of orthopaedic industry changed the business model of orthopaedics in the United States. Collaboration between orthopaedic companies and orthopaedic surgeons changed, the process of developing new orthopaedic products changed, and industry funding of orthopaedic activities and orthopaedic professional organizations changed. This article reviews the Department of Justice investigation of orthopaedic industry, describes the response of multiple stakeholders, and assesses the impact of the investigation on orthopaedic companies, orthopaedic surgeons, and orthopaedic patients.
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