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Medical News & Perspectives
April 6, 2011

FDA Action Allows More Obese Patients to Qualify for a Bariatric Procedure

JAMA. 2011;305(13):1287-1288. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.377

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the eligibility criteria for patients to undergo a certain type of weight loss surgery.

Proponents of the surgery applauded the FDA's February 16 action, saying an estimated 27 million more individuals will have access to a proven method to reduce weight and avoid the comorbidities associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension. But critics of the agency's decision worry that the approval is based primarily on a small study that does not answer long-term safety and efficacy questions.