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Johnson & Johnson subsidiary to pay nearly $10 million for giving free medical products to surgeon: 'Unlawful kickbacks can severely distort medical judgment'

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A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay nearly $10 million over accusations that the pharmaceutical company broke state and federal law by providing illicit kickbacks to a surgeon.

DePuy Synthes is a company that specializes in medical devices primarily designed for orthopedic, joint reconstruction, trauma, craniomaxillofacial, spinal surgery, and sports medicine applications. DePuy Synthes was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 1998.

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