Robert Silverman says he is leaving 'to pursue other career opportunities.' The campaign came under increasing scrutiny after the deaths of five patients since 2009.
A Marina del Rey anesthesiologist says in a lawsuit that he refused to sign a contract allowing affiliated Lap-Band surgery centers to set up a corporation to bill insurers for his services, but it was done anyway.
The Medical Board of California has faulted Dr. Daniel Shin in the 2010 death of Tamara Walter, a Lap-Band patient who had surgery at a clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign, filing charges that could cause him to lose his license to practice.
The county's board of supervisors schedules a hearing to examine how it can ensure 'truthful advertising' on billboards within unincorporated areas that would comply with 1st Amendment free speech guarantees.
The Food and Drug Administration has accused the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company of using misleading advertising in its promotion of Lap-Band weight-loss surgery, saying the billboard, radio and television ads underplay serious risks to patients.
It has taken almost two years, but government regulators finally woke up to the idea that those 1-800-GET-THIN billboards plastered all over Southland freeways may be dangerous for your health.
After an inspection prompted by a complaint, the Joint Commission advises the New Life Surgery Center in Beverly Hills to make improvements in four areas or risk losing its accreditation. The center's attorney calls the matter 'routine.'