Obalon Announces Initial Commercial Patient Placements of the First and Only Swallowable, FDA-Approved Balloon System for Weight Loss
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Obalon Therapeutics Inc. (OBLN), a vertically integrated medical technology company, announced that it has begun U.S. commercial shipments of the Obalon Balloon System, the first and only FDA-approved swallowable, gas-filled intragastric balloon system for weight loss. The first patients have been treated by physicians in key metropolitan markets across the United States. Candidates for Obalon are adults 30 to 100 pounds overweight and willing to follow a diet and exercise program.
“It is incredibly gratifying to be shipping the Obalon Balloon System to physician practices, after years of extensive development, research and testing,” commented Andy Rasdal, Chief Executive Officer of Obalon. “We are looking forward to playing a role in helping the 86 million adults that are currently struggling with being obese to regain control of their health. The Obalon Balloon System will be a powerful tool for our physician partners in fighting the obesity epidemic.”
The Obalon Balloon System was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2016. It is a swallowable intragastric balloon system indicated for temporary use to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40 kg/m2) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. Three (3) Obalon Balloons are placed in the stomach within the first three months of the six-month treatment period. The Obalon Balloon System is intended to be used as an adjunct to a moderate intensity diet and behavior modification program. All balloons must be removed six months after the first balloon is placed.
“I have been eagerly anticipating the Obalon Balloon System and am excited to finally be able to offer it to our patients. This system, coupled with lifestyle modification, provides a new, ideal option for patients struggling with obesity,” said Moses K. Shieh, D.O., FACOS and Founder of the Surgical Healing Arts Center, a center focused on bariatric and body contouring surgery in Florida. “I decided to bring the Obalon Balloon System into my practice because of the superior clinical trial results, as well as the safety and convenience it offered to my patients.”
About Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.
Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (OBLN), is a San Diego-based company focused on developing and commercializing novel technologies for weight loss. The Obalon management team has over 150 combined years of experience in developing and commercializing novel medical technologies with a track record of financial and clinical excellence. For more information, please visit www.obalon.com.
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