Former synthes executive wants prison sentence repealed

    Thomas Higgins, one of three former Synthes executives sentenced to prison for flouting his corporate responsibility, wants out.

    Higgins was sentenced to nine months in prison for the pharma company’s clinical trials of a bone cement that took place without FDA approval.

    The Daily Local reports Higgins, the former senior vice president of Synthes, wants to be released from prison pending an appeal on what he and his lawyer argue is too strict  sentence.

    Nine months is the longest prison sentence ever handed down for a misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act’s responsible corporate officer doctrine.

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