Medical firm profited on pain with knockoff spine surgery hardware

By and / November 3, 2014

With a metallic clatter, evidence of an elaborate scheme to enrich a few landed in the receiving room of Richard Walker’s surgical supply firm in South Africa.

Although the true extent of the caper remains buried in the necks and backs of people scattered around the U.S., it began to unravel that day in 2009.

Ortho Sol makes precision screws for the most delicate of construction projects: spinal fusion. Doctors around the world drive them into the vertebrae of patients with devastating back injuries.

The company had repossessed some of its screws after one U.S. distributor – Spinal Solutions LLC – stopped paying its bills. But now, nestled with the returns, the brighter yellow luster of a few screws caught Walker’s eye.

Testing confirmed his fears. Some were not made of his firm’s medical-grade titanium. Their uneven threads showed potential for backing out or breaking, he said. He feared the laser-etched markings intended to make them look authentic could be toxic to patients.

Walker’s conclusion: The Southern California firm was knocking off his products.

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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President of Ortho Sales Partners and Partner for The De Angelis Group. He also serves as Co-Founder and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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  1. Actually it is important to have high quality medically approved materials while producing this kind of hardware. It is about someone’s life which is not a joke. Thanks to Walker’s surgical supply firm as they are doing a great work. 🙂

  2. This is actually quite unsettling. “Anything to make a buck” really needs to be omitted from the healthcare industry – it should be about lives here, not profit. It’s okay to try and make a living in this industry, but to do so at the detriment of others, patients in particular, is just insane.

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