Welcome!

News Feed Item

Northwestern University 5pm ET Deadline Today to Respond to Senate Judiciary Committee Inquiry Regarding Unauthorized Human Experimentation

CHICAGO, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Allegations continue surrounding the testing of two annuloplasty rings, invented by the chief of cardiac surgery, Dr. Patrick McCarthy at Northwestern University, the Myxo Ring, and the IMR Ring (invented by McCarthy, and colleagues). Both rings were implanted in patients, allegedly, without their consent. These rings considered to be similar to the pre-existing devices, which never underwent FDA approval or FDA registration for legal sales on the US market according to FDA congressional letters as reported in the Chicago Tribune, and the project of government oversight, POGO. This line of valve rings, have resulted in over 4000 adverse events, including 645 deaths according to the FDA MAUDE database.

In a letter sent to Northwestern on March 5, 2014, the Senate Judiciary committee requests a response to documents surrounding this unauthorized human experimentation which took place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The deadline for Northwestern University to respond to this request is today March 21, 2014.

http://http://chronicle.com/article/Northwestern-U-Gets-Renewed/145139

"On December 8, 2008 and September 30, 2009, Senator Grassley wrote Northwestern University regarding troubling allegations that the Myxo-ETlogix 5100 Ring(Myxo Ring), an annuloplasty ring used in heart valve repair, had not been cleared for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) before it was implanted in patients as part of an outcomes study."

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/Article.cfm?customel_dataPageID_1502=48656

The senator notes the inadequacies in the responses from the Northwestern entities, including contradictory statements regarding the similarity of the Myxo Ring to preexisting devices, Second, is not clear whether patients received sufficient notice of safety questions. Most alarmingly was the documents that were withheld by the University including a waiver (1532-004), which waived the patients right to know they were receiving FDA Devices as part of pre-clinical testing necessary for the eventual 2009 clearance of the devices. When asked to comment on behalf of Northwestern Entities, Senior VP for Northwestern University Alan Cubbage, declined to comment why Northwestern did not stop the testing of the devices in 2007, after the Former Valve Director, Dr. Nalini M. Rajamannan, brought it to the University's attention according to multiple news sources, the Chicago Tribune, Theheart.org, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Top Secret Writers, and AP Chicago.

Furthermore, in a FDA Congressional letter sent to Senator Richard Lugar(IN), indicates that at least 667 patients received the Myxo ETlogix devices, and that the waiver which exempted patients from knowing they were being tested on, allowed the FDA to clear not one but two heart valve rings, the Myxo and the IMR rings.

When asked to comment, the FDA said, "we relied upon Northwestern Memorial Hospital, CEO letters to patients regarding the status of the device." The letter sent by NMH CEO to the Myxo patients in January 2009, states that " we do not consider the device to be experimental," during the exact month that both devices, the Myxo and the IMR were under a voluntary recall by the FDA.

To this date, the voluntary recall has not been reported to the thousands of patients who received these experimental devices between 2003-2008. 

In 2011, the head of the device section for the FDA, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, confirmed to the Chicago Tribune, that both devices were experimental prior to 2009.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-22/health/ct-met-medical-devices-patients-20110522_1_antonitsa-vlahoulis-medical-device-inventions

http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2011/06/doctors-experimenting-on-humans-five-questions-with-dr-nalini-rajamannan.html

Link to the Senate Judiciary Letter to Northwestern University dated
3-5-3014: http://files.newswire.ca/1315/SJIletter.pdf

SOURCE Robert Amaefule and Oscar Delgado

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to w...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Massive Networks mission is simple. To help your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions. Improve your customer's experience with outstanding connections to your cloud.
In the enterprise today, connected IoT devices are everywhere – both inside and outside corporate environments. The need to identify, manage, control and secure a quickly growing web of connections and outside devices is making the already challenging task of security even more important, and onerous. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Rich Boyer, CISO and Chief Architect for Security at NTT i3, discussed new ways of thinking and the approaches needed to address the emerging challenges of security i...
"We want to show that our solution is far less expensive with a much better total cost of ownership so we announced several key features. One is called geo-distributed erasure coding, another is support for KVM and we introduced a new capability called Multi-Part," explained Tim Desai, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
There is a huge demand for responsive, real-time mobile and web experiences, but current architectural patterns do not easily accommodate applications that respond to events in real time. Common solutions using message queues or HTTP long-polling quickly lead to resiliency, scalability and development velocity challenges. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ryland Degnan, a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, will discuss how by leveraging a reactive stream-based protocol,...
FinTechs use the cloud to operate at the speed and scale of digital financial activity, but are often hindered by the complexity of managing security and compliance in the cloud. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Sesh Murthy, co-founder and CTO of Cloud Raxak, showed how proactive and automated cloud security enables FinTechs to leverage the cloud to achieve their business goals. Through business-driven cloud security, FinTechs can speed time-to-market, diminish risk and costs, maintain continu...
DX World EXPO, LLC., a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, discussed how to use Kubernetes to set up a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. H...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
"The Striim platform is a full end-to-end streaming integration and analytics platform that is middleware that covers a lot of different use cases," explained Steve Wilkes, Founder and CTO at Striim, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution and join Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader, Sergey Grebnov, in his session at @ThingsExpo, for an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, will examine the regulations and provide insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Calligo, an innovative cloud service provider offering mid-sized companies the highest levels of data privacy and security, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Calligo offers unparalleled application performance guarantees, commercial flexibility and a personalised support service from its globally located cloud plat...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Calligo has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Calligo is an innovative cloud service provider offering mid-sized companies the highest levels of data privacy. Calligo offers unparalleled application performance guarantees, commercial flexibility and a personalized support service from its globally located cloud platfor...
What sort of WebRTC based applications can we expect to see over the next year and beyond? One way to predict development trends is to see what sorts of applications startups are building. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Arin Sime, founder of WebRTC.ventures, discussed the current and likely future trends in WebRTC application development based on real requests for custom applications from real customers, as well as other public sources of information.