Devices & Diagnostics

FDA approves Allergan weight-loss Lap-Band for more patients

Allergan's Lap-Band will now be available for a new group of obese patients. It used to be available only to people with a body mass index of 40 or at least 100 pounds over their ideal weight. Now, patients with a body mass index as low as 30 may be eligible to use the innovative medical device for weight loss. The announcement could increase sales by 51 percent to at least $390 million by 2016.