Almost 100 plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against a doctor and Medtronic, alleging the patients underwent medically unnecessary surgery to have a Medtronic bone graft implanted. The plaintiffs allege in the Medtronic lawsuit that the surgeries were not only medically unnecessary, but also experimental, and put them at risk of suffering complications.
Courthouse News Service (3/26/13) reports that Dr. Abubakar Atiq Durrani, along with other plaintiffs, including Medtronic Sofamor Danek, faces lawsuits on behalf of 88 patients who say they were given unnecessary medical procedures using Medtronic medical devices, specifically the Infuse Bone Graft, also known as BMP-2. The lawsuit alleges Durrani is a paid consultant for Medtronic, and further alleges that during the surgeries, the Infuse was implanted for off-label uses without the patients’ consent. Finally, they allege, the doctor falsified records so he would be paid for the surgeries.