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Weight Loss Balloons Linked to 5 Deaths in 1 Year: FDA Warning

Intragastric weight-loss balloons manufactured by Apollo Endosurgery and ReShape Medical linked to 5 deaths in obese patients in less than 1 year, according to a new FDA Warning.
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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Safety Alert indicating that at least 5 weight-loss patients died unexpectedly after receiving liquid-filled intragastric balloons.

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What’s the Problem?

August 10, 2017 - FDA said 4 of the deaths occurred in patients implanted with the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System, manufactured by Apollo Endosurgery, and the other with ReShape Medical’s Integrated Dual Balloon System.

All of the deaths occurred within 1 month of intragastric balloon placement, and in several cases the death came in as little as 1 to 3 days after surgery, according to the Safety Alert.

FDA is still unable to determine the cause of death in weight-loss balloon patients, nor has it been able to definitively link the deaths to the devices or insertion procedures.

The agency has also received at least 2 additional reports of death during the same time period associated with complications of intragastric balloon treatment (1 gastric perforation with the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System and 1 esophageal perforation with the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System).

FDA in February issued a letter to healthcare providers recommending close monitoring for acute pancreatitis and spontaneous over-inflation in patients with gastric balloon systems used to treat obesity. Since then, both Apollo Endosurgery and ReShape Medical Inc. have revised their product labeling to address these risks.

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