| Dec 14, 2011
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.
| Jan 23, 2011
This year is shaping up as a gratifying one for Allergan, the big Irvine company known for Botox and breast implants.
The leading manufacturer of gastric bands, which are surgically implanted around the stomach to suppress the appetite of extremely...
| Feb 22, 2011
In 1960, a young inspector for the Food and Drug Administration faced down a powerful drug company by rejecting its application to sell a morning-sickness drug in the United States.
The company, Richardson-Merrell, griped about her repeated demands for...
| Feb 21, 2012
| 7:56 PM
A Marina del Rey anesthesiologist has filed a lawsuit accusing the president of the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing firm of identity theft for using the doctor's name to establish a corporation that billed insurers without his permission.
Dr. Martin E. Flynn...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 9:00 AM
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a columnist for The Times of illegally recording conversations with the president of the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing firm.
The company is known for its ubiquitous billboards plastered along Southland freeways,...
| Feb 8, 2012
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...
| Feb 4, 2012
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...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 6:26 PM
The maker of the Lap-Band will no longer sell its product to clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company — a blow to Southern California surgery centers that have built an empire implanting the weight-loss devices in people...
| Jan 31, 2012
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...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 6:22 PM
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...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 4:18 PM
Workers at weight-loss surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign persuaded patients to have medically unnecessary surgeries and billed insurance companies for procedures that were never performed, a new lawsuit alleges.
Two women who...