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Payments to doctors from drug companies, device makers revealed
Payments to doctors from drug companies, device makers revealed

Late last year, medical device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc. made two large payments to Dr. Andrew N. Pollak, chair of the University of Maryland Medical System's orthopedics department. The payments, one for $47,225 and the other for $45,902, were royalties paid to Pollak for work he did at Maryland Shock Trauma Center starting seven years ago in helping develop a clamp known as a fixator that could hold trauma patient's broken bones straight until they were ready for surgical repair. Existing devices were clumsy and inflexible and not meant for trauma patients, Pollak said. "My motivation was to develop a frame that was much easier to use, and I'd say we...

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