Combining Stryker OP-1 Putty and Calstrux
In January 2012, Stryker Biotech pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a fine of over 15 million dollars for illegally marketing the use of OP-1 Putty. Stryker, through its sales representatives, was charged with encouraging surgeons to mix OP-1 Putty with Calstrux even though the mixture had never been formally tested in clinical trials and had not received FDA approval. This illegal promotion is referred to as “off-label marketing,” and Stryker used this tactic to get surgeons to use the mixture of Stryker OP-1 Putty and Calstrux without establishing the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Stryker medical sales associates were also charged with falsifying hospital records in order to authorize the use of Stryker OP-1 Putty.
Symptoms associated with Stryker OP-1 Putty and Calstrux mixture:
- Excessive bone growth
- Migration of bone growth
- Nerve compression
- Severe pain
- Repeated surgeries
- Death (in rare cases)
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