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3 executives get jail after fatal drug tests

By Sophia Pearson and Phil Milford
Bloomberg News / November 22, 2011

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Three former Synthes Inc. executives were sentenced to prison terms ranging from five months to nine months each for their roles in the unapproved trial of a bone- cement drug in which three patients died. U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis sentenced Michael Huggins and Thomas Higgins to nine months in jail. He sentenced John Walsh to five months in jail. Another executive, Richard Bohner’s sentencing hearing was continued indefinitely after his lawyer collapsed in the courtroom and had to be escorted out by paramedics.

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