January 23rd, 2012
House members call for probe into Lap-Band safety, marketing
By Stuart Pfeifer
Los Angeles Times
Members of Congress are calling for an investigation into the 1-800-GET-THIN weight-loss surgery marketing campaign and the safety and effectiveness of the Lap-Band device.
Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and two other House members called for congressional hearings to examine whether the sponsors of the ad campaign, their affiliated clinics and the device’s manufacturer are improperly promoting a potentially dangerous surgery.