Allergan Drops Bid for FDA Approval to Promote Lap-Band for Teens

LA Times, October 3, 2012. The maker of the Lap-Band weight-loss device, Allergan Inc., has dropped its controversial bid for federal approval to market the product for overweight teens. Doctors already can perform Lap-Band surgery on minors with parental consent. The FDA approval would have allowed Allergan to market Lap-Band specifically for younger people.

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FDA Rule Clears Medical Devices Without Human Testing

The Orange County Register, May 18, 2012. “Patients and doctors would be shocked to learn how this is done,” said Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families. “The 510 (k) program is the weakest and most nonsensical program in the FDA.”

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