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Michael Hiltzik: Lap-Band maker Allergan wants it both ways

Michael Hiltzik: Lap-Band maker Allergan wants it both ways

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 overweight people, the company recently persuaded an advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration to endorse its product for use by an expanded group of patients.

If the full FDA approves use of the Allergan Lap-Band for patients with milder obesity than the existing target group, that could add 27 million Americans to its customer base.

Then there's the recovering economy, which should help buck up sales of its Lap-Band...

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