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One of the brothers behind the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign for weight-loss surgery faces the possible revocation of his medical license in a misconduct case filed by state regulators. The Medical Board of California accused Michael Omidi of "repeated...
Today, 19 months after her death, we may finally have a good idea of what killed Paula Rojeski. According to a lawsuit and public autopsy records, the causes included her doing business with the 1-800-GET-THIN folks and the slicing of her aorta during...
A company behind the 1-800-GET-THIN billboard ads has reached a $1.3-million settlement of a false-advertising lawsuit, with a twist: Some of the money will be spent on billboards warning the public about the risks of weight-loss surgery. It's a...
The company: Allergan Inc. Headquarters: Irvine Ticker: AGN Employees: 10,800 Leadership: David E.I. Pyott, chief executive since 1998 Revenue: $5.8 billion in 2012 Net income: $1.1 billion in 2012 Stock price: $108.60 at Friday's close...
Allergan Inc. said it expects to sign a deal to sell its troubled Lap-Band weight-loss unit in the first half of this year as the Irvine company pursues growth from other products and recent acquisitions. The Botox maker, which had previously...
Tags: Obesity, Drugs and Medicines, Weight, Migraine, David E.I. Pyott
If you're over 40, you probably remember that first time someone called you "Ma'am" or "Sir." It almost surely hurt, no matter how young and fit you felt. Evidently, your age was showing in those wrinkles and sags. Some decide to live with it; others...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAn Orange County woman has died after weight-loss surgery at a West Hills outpatient clinic, the fifth person to die shortly after Lap-Band procedures at clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign since 2009, according to lawsuits,...
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Weight-loss surgeons from across the United States are attempting to distance themselves from surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising for Lap-Band surgery. In a letter to House members considering a congressional investigation of...
Tags: Health, Weight, Hospitals and Clinics, Henry A Waxman, Weight
The California Department of Insurance is investigating the business practices of Lap-Band surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign, according to insurer Aetna Inc. The insurance giant said in a statement that it was...
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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. The...
Two clinics tied to 1-800-GET-THIN have temporarily halted Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries after the device's maker said it would no longer sell to companies affiliated with the massive advertising campaign. The two brothers identified in lawsuits as...
The Medical Board of California has faulted a doctor in the 2010 death of 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 board has...
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