The recent settlement agreements between five orthopaedic implant manufacturers and the U.S. Attorney of New Jersey (Department of Justice) required the companies to post financial information on their relationships to orthopaedic surgeons without any explanation of why the payments were made. As of Nov. 15, three of the companies had added, in another section of their Web sites, information about individual consultants that includes a description of the services rendered.
When contacted by AAOS Now, the remaining companies verified that they were considering adding similar explanatory information. In addition, under the terms of the settlement agreements, all companies are required to post information on indirect payments to surgeons by the end of November. AAOS Now will continue to update readers on this issue.