Story of Medtronic's Infuse product – from revolutionary advance to public health alert

There are many stories journalists could report about conflicts of interest and questions about evidence in the treatment of low back pain, perhaps especially with spinal fusion. We talked about many of these with journalists from the American Society of News Editors in a workshop at the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making in Boston in May.

John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel hammers one of these issues, looking at how Medtronic’s Infuse product “went from revolutionary advance to public health alert.”

Here’s his story on

His entire “Side Effects: Money, Medicine and Patients” series is indexed on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.

The image below is from the Journal-Sentinel’s online story.


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