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Allergan cuts off Lap-Band supply to surgical centers associated with 1-800-GET-THIN

1-800-get-thin billboard

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Screenshot via Google Maps of a Lap-Band billboard.


Amid lawsuits, investigations, and deaths, David E. I. Pyott, CEO of Irvine-based Allergan, announced Thursday that the company will cease selling the the Lap-Band weight-loss device to surgical centers associated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing campaign, the O.C. Register reports.

Last week, the California Department of Insurance confirmed that a fraud probe into surgery centers connected with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign was underway.