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UCLA Investigating Spine Surgeon Who Allegedly Failed to Report Industry Payments

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UCLA is investigating the research of a top spine surgeon because he allegedly failed to disclose his financial ties to medical device makers whose products he studied.

According  to The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Jeffrey Wang received consulting fees and other compensation from Medtronic Inc., DePuy Spine Inc., Facet Solutions Inc., Paradigm Spine LLC, an entity related to another company in which Dr. Wang received options  stock; and FzioMed Inc.

According to the Journal, Dr. Wang has left his position as executive director of the  spine center at the UCLA.  Dr. Wang  violated the University’s guidelines between 2002 and 2008 by allegedly failing to disclose his financial relationships, with the above-mentioned companies, the Journal said.  Only in the case of Medtronic did Dr. Wang report some – but not all – of the payments.

According to the Journal, UCLA has appointed a committee to investigate Dr. Wang’s work and determine whether the payments affected his research and “if there are any mitigating actions needed to ensure the integrity of the research results.”

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