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Medtronic Clarifies CEO Hawkins Statement On Consultant

Medtronic spokesman Steve Cragle sent CNBC this clarification to Mr. Hawkins' answer to Mike Huckman's questionregarding the Senate investigation into a doctor who has done consulting work for MDT .

The doctor allegedly falsified data, according to "The New York Times."

"Bill (Hawkins) indicated that our relationship began with Dr. Kuklo when he joined Washington University. The correct answer is that while we began a consulting relationship with Dr. Kuklo in August 2006, Dr. Kuklo did perform a number of reimbursable functions, including training and education, for the company while he was a practicing physician at Walter Reed prior to that time."

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