FDA panel supports broader Lap-Band use

The FDA Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee recommended that the FDA broaden the currently approved use of Allergan's Lap-Band System--a gastric band that helps obese patients lose weight. The company is hoping to offer the band to patients with a BMI of at least 35 or a BMI of 30 and at least one comorbid condition. Allergan release