Medtronic defends payments to physicians

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, August 28, 2009
Medtronic Inc., CEO Bill Hawkins defended his company's longstanding practice of collaborating with physicians, although he acknowledged these paid relationships could pose a conflict of interest. Hawkins said working with doctors to improve devices and commercialize inventions is crucial to advancing medical technology. Yet these relationships have triggered inquiries by Congress and the Department of Justice.

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