Prison time for former two former Synthes executives for unapproved medical trials

    The former president of Synthes North America has been sentenced to nine months in prison for the unapproved medical trials that killed three people.

    Michael Huggins of West Chester is one of four pharma executives being sentenced today for their roles in the bone cement trials. Three people died after being injected with the cement that had not been approved by the FDA for human trials.

    Udpate, 4 p.m. Former Synthes Vice President Thomas B. Higgins of Berwyn will also spend nine months in jail, the Associated Press reports. He and Huggins pleaded guilty as “responsible corporate officers.”

    The Associated Press reports Huggins will go to prison immediately. Richard Bohner of Malvern and John Walsh of Coatesville await sentencing.

    Health & Science reporter Taunya English will have the full story for us later today.

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