Stryker Corp. receives subpoena in New Jersey probe of medical device makers

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KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. has received a subpoena from the Attorney General of New Jersey related to an investigation of financial relationships between companies that make medical products and surgeons that use them.

Stryker, the Kalamazoo-based medical device maker, disclosed the May 7 subpoena for “various documents related to the financial interests and arrangements of physicians participating in certain clinical trials for or on behalf of the company” in a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

New Jersey AG Anne Milgram last week announced a settlement with Stryker competitor Synthes, a maker of artificial spinal disks, that requires Synthes to disclose all payments to doctors involved in researching its products and stop paying doctors in stock or stock options.

Milgram’s office also said it had issued subpoenas to five other device makers, but declined to name the companies.

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