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Greek prosecutors charge DePuy officials with bribery, money laundering

Greek prosecutors have filed criminal corruption charges against medical device officials who they say bribed state hospital doctors to promote the company’s products. The charges were waged against officials with DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of consumer health products giant Johnson & Johnson. Court documents allege that five DePuy officials engaged in bribery and money laundering deals between 1998 and 2006, during which DePuy paid eight Greek state hospital doctors more than $21 million. The doctors – most of whom are orthopedic specialists – have already been formally accused in the same case. No specific products were cited, however DePuy and Johnson ... Read More

DePuy bribed Greek authorities for sales rights and contracts

An international division of DePuy Orthodpaedics Inc. has agreed to pay $7.9 million (£4.8 million) plus prosecution costs to settle a U.K. probe of illegal activities the company allegedly conducted in Greece. The investigation, led by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), found that DePuy International Ltd., based in Leeds, U.K., engaged in “unlawful conduct relating to the sale of orthopaedic products in Greece between 1998 and 2006.” DePuy International Ltd. is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana, which is owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson. The SFO investigation probed allegations that DePuy executives bribed officials in ... Read More