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Consumer Complaint

Jerome - Los Angeles, CA - UC REGENTS SELLING DEVICES FOR LABELED CONTRAINDICATED FOR USE

Companies Involved: 
MEDTRONIC
Issue Area: 
Heath Care

UC REGENTS INCLUDING UCLA, UCSF AND UCI have faculty members that have been implanting spinal devices that are labeled with an absolute contraindication for the use in the neck - yet patients are being implanted with them in clinical practice and research setting with no disclosure that the devices are experimental, investigational and some have of them were actually withdrawn from FDA consideration, but sold anyways and implanted into UCSF patients. Some of the patients were medicare-aged recipients left with broken necks and other catastrophic injuries. CMS provided data that hospitals have billed over $4B in DRG payments, surgeons engaging in upcoding and bundling of CPT codes have been paid $100s of millions and the have been implanted into over 140K medicare-aged recipients. I was the first person in the country to bring this issue to court against UCLA, but only after settling did we discover that the device was actually contraindicated for use in the neck - the very use that the designer testified he designed it for.