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Editor's Correspondence
May 24, 2010

One Can’t Judge a Stent by Its Cover

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(10):915-916. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.145

The “law of unintended consequences” states that any purposeful action will produce some unintended consequences.1 The recent acquisition of the Guidant Corporation by Boston Scientific (BS) Corporation, Natick, Massachusetts, has led to policies that (1) promote wasteful spending and delay acquisition of necessary clinical information and (2) expose the interventional cardiology community to a potential appearance of conflict of interest at a time when physician-industry relationships are being carefully scrutinized.24

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