Surgeons Eyed Over Deals With Medical-Device Makers - (The Wall Street Journal via NewsPoints Desk)

  • According to people familiar with the matter, the Department of Justice is investigating surgeon Aria Sabit because he had an ownership interest in the company that distributed, and profited from, the surgical devices he used, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • The Justice Department has been investigating whether Sabit's financial interest in the implants caused him to over-operate or contributed to a period of alleged patient complications.
  • Sabit has reportedly been sued by 28 former patients or their families alleging negligent acts ranging from misplacing implants to performing surgeries that were unnecessarily extensive.
  • The surgeon either denied receiving any monetary benefit from the implants or said he didn't know whether he did.
  • However, a person with knowledge of the matter noted that Sabit owned one-fifth of Apex Medical Technologies from May 2010 to August 2012, and received profit distributions from Apex that averaged about $12 000 per month.
  • Of the 28 patients who sued, Sabit reportedly implanted Apex devices in 12 of them.

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