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My name is Mindy and I am a wife and mother of 2 boys, Ages 20 and 12. I recently started on the path of becoming a nurse something i have wanted to do since i was 11 !

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Allergan Receives U.S. Subpoena Over Weight Loss Device

The US subpena's Allergen the makers of the lap band. Lets hope something gets done about these things soon .

Allergan Inc. (AGN), the maker of the wrinkle treatment Botox, received a U.S. government subpoena over its gastric banding device for obesity.
Allergan received the subpoena from the Department of Health and Human Services’s Inspector General this month, the company reported today in a filing. Bonnie Jacobs, a spokeswoman for Irvine, California-based Allergan, acknowledged the subpoena but declined to comment further.
Allergan generated $203.1 million of its $5.42 billion revenue last year from devices for obesity. The company acquired the product, called Lap-Band, in 2006 with its purchase of Inamed Corp. The adjustable silicon band helps people lose weight by reducing the amount of food their stomachs can hold.
In January, House Democratic lawmakers called for hearings on medical devices including Lap-Band, following a study in the medical journal Archives of Surgery, that found almost half of patients with a gastric band had no weight loss or needed the device removed after six years. More than 40 percent had long- term complications.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the device in 2001 for patients who were at least 100 pounds (45 kilograms) overweight, had a body mass index of at least 40, or an index of 35 with obesity-related conditions such as heart problems. Allergan gained clearance in February 2011 to expand marketing of the device to people with lower body mass indexes and at least one obesity-related condition.
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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reg Gale at
Let me say a couple things. Do I think ALL lap bands are bad ? I do not know .. Do I think the smaller older bands like I had are bad ? YES !! I think they are evil and need to be removed, we as patients who have gone through hell need to be reimbursed and compensated for all the money we spent on these things !
Do I think the "Newer" larger bands are bad ? I dont know yet . I cant speak of that. I think lots of people who have lap bands do not even realize they are having issues. Their docs mislead them into thinking its just got to be adjusted again , your not tolerating fills well etc. I think docs tend to take lap band issues personally and wont tell patients its the band until its too late.

I think something needs to be done about the bands , the people who got the bands around the time I did for sure ! 40% failure rate !


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