Patient’s Safety in Spine Surgery

The Association for Medical Ethics provides the links to many publications with regards to conflicts of interest on their News & Media page: http://www.ethicaldoctor.org/news-and-media/.

Some links to newspapers and blogs describing the conflict of interest there is with spine surgeons affiliated to industry are also provided in the following:



http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/23/business/23medronic.html?ex=1271908800&en=f2b6a791c937140a&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/18/business/18disk.html?ex=1300338000&en=e292b7b057278615&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/30/business/30spine.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5070&en=736f736c5e853a2f&ex=1177560000#

http://blog.oup.com/2007/01/is_there_an_eth/

http://www.hpnonline.com/inside/2006-05/HPNonline.com-%20Clinical%20Business%20Strategies%20-%200605.html

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703395204576024023361023138 full text:
Top Spine Surgeons Reap Royalties, Medicare Bounty - WSJ.com

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Medtronic to Pay $1.35 Billion to Inventor - The New York Times

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The Spine as Profit Center - The New York Times


Surgeons on the payroll of industry can be found on the yearly Scoliosis Research Society Programs (example below)
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as well as on the website of the Association for Medical Ethics.


Sometimes even in healthy individuals spine surgery may lead to fatal consequences:

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Testimony of Dr. Rosen:

https://www.aging.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/hr188cr.pdf