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Obalon Balloon and the StomagicApp are making news around the world. Here are some links to the most recent coverage in the National Media in the United States and around the world.

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ABC NIghtline: Americans Head to Mexico for Weight-Loss 'Balloon Pill'

The capsule, not FDA-approved, is swallowed, then inflates in the stomach to make patient feel full.

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Good Morning America: Weight-Loss Balloon Has Americans Crossing the Border

weight loss pill and claims it can help you lose 20 pounds in a few months without surgery. It's not fda approved in the U. S. But it's not stopping Americans from going to Mexico to get it.

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ABC 10 News San Diego: Woman loses 16 pounds after swallowing pill that turns into a balloon

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Fox 8 New Orleans: 'Balloon pill' designed to fill you up, slim you down

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A new diet pill claims it can help you lose significant weight without major surgery. Unlike any other pill, this one expands like a balloon in your stomach. The balloon diet pill was created by the California company Obalon. The makers say their pill is unique because it helps you lose the weight without the need for surgery or anesthesia. And they say it's safe and effective.

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Varney & Co. : Vitamin-sized pill the latest in weight-loss tech

Feb. 05, 2014 - 3:15 - Obesity Control Center’s Dr. Ariel Ortiz Lagardere on a new weight-loss pill.

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ABC 10 News San Diego: Can this balloon help you to lose weight?

SAN DIEGO - A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery but Americans must leave the country to get it.

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ABC WGNO: Health Experts: Pill Turns Into Balloon And Helps You Lose Weight

The drug received Investigational Device Exemption from the Food and Drug Administration. One San Diegan discovered the drug while searching YouTube. "It's almost like having a nutritionist in your pocket every single day," said Ora Verduzco, who said she dieted unsuccessfully for the last couple of years.

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ABC 15 Arizona: Weight loss balloon? Patients cross border for non-FDA approved weight loss procedu

PHOENIX - A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery. But, Americans have to leave the country to get it. WEIGHT LOSS BALLOON YOU CAN SWALLOW Obalon, which has been described as one of the biggest advancements in obesity treatment, is the world's first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It's targeted at individuals who are overweight, but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery.

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Blog posts

New Diet Pill Expands Into a ‘Balloon’ in Your Stomach

What is this ‘magic pill’ that people are traveling to Mexico to buy? It’s called Obalon and it supposedly helps to suppress your appetite and lose weight.

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ABC Nightline: Is 'Balloon Pill' a Weight-Loss Miracle Cure or Short-Term Fix?

The “balloon pill” is a controversial device called Obalon. The pill is attached to a catheter that allows doctors to inflate the balloon once the capsule is swallowed. It enters the stomach and quickly and doctors use nitrogen gas to inflate it into a small balloon, making the patient feel full immediately. It stays there for 30 days at a time, until it is removed by a doctor via endoscopy. Over the course of a 90-day treatment, two more balloons can be added.

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THE $4,000 DIET PILL

The magic fat blaster you've always dreamed about is here, and it's drug-free. Liz Krieger explores the latest treatments.

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ABC 15 Arizona:Weight loss balloon? Patients cross border for non-FDA approved weight loss procedure

Obalon, which has been described as one of the biggest advancements in obesity treatment, is the world's first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It's targeted at individuals who are overweight, but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery. During a five-minute procedure that does not require anesthesia or medication, the patient swallows a vitamin-sized capsule attached to a thin tube, according to the company’s website.

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Independent Mail South Carolina: Patients cross border for non-FDA approved weight loss procedure

Obalon is manufactured in San Diego, patients have to either go to Mexico or Europe to get it. In the U.S., the drug received Investigational Device Exemption from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the manufacturer. That means it’s likely on the road to get premarket approval (PMA) by the FDA.

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ABC 23 Bakersfield: Can this balloon help you lose weight?

The patient swallows the vitamin-sized capsule during a five-minute procedure that does not require anesthesia or medication and the balloon deploys to about the size of an apple inside the stomach, creating a sensation of fullness. The expanded balloon restricts the amount of food the patient can eat, also suppressing his or her appetite. After about a month, the patient's body starts to adapt to the balloon, and its appetite-suppressing effects start to diminish. The patient then swallows another capsule to maintain the effects of treatment. Two to three balloons may be used over the course of treatment. At the end of treatment, an endoscopic procedure is performed to deflate and remove the balloon.

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ABC 4 Utah: Balloon pill could help you lose weight

(ABC 4 UTAH) - A new pill that balloons inside your stomach could help you lose weight. It isn't FDA approved and has a big price tag, but it could change the way people lose weight.

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WJDB 100.1 FM: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

Obalon, which can cost patients between $3,000 and $4,000 at the clinic in Mexico, is made in San Diego, but is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is going through trials right now. Dr. Ortiz says the procedure is "very similar weight loss to gastric surgery, but instead of a year and a half we're obtaining that in three to four months." Patients should be cautious about procedures not yet approved by the FDA.

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Monthly Prescribing Reference: Balloon Pill Aids in Weight Loss

A new pill that expands inside the stomach after being swallowed could be an alternative to weight loss surgery, says it manufacturer. Obalon is designed to replicate the results of weight loss surgery by creating a sensation of fullness in the stomach and reducing food consumption. Obalon Therapeutics, the manufacturer of the pill, says that overweight and obese patients can lose up to 20 pounds in three months and up to three pills can be used in a 12-week period. It is undergoing FDA approval in the U.S. and is available in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Spain. Other devices and procedures for weight loss are also in development as surgery alternatives.

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East Idaho News: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

(NEW YORK) -- Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already -- in Tijuana. The pill, which is currently not available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It's an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it's swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center. "As soon they swallow it and we activate the balloon it's like, 'Doc, I was hungry and as soon as you inflated that thing -- it's -- I'm not hungry anymore,'" Ortiz said.

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NY Daily News: New weight loss pill expands into gastric balloon so you feel full

It’s the latest weight loss scheme to get Brits chirping: an oral pill that expands into a gastric balloon when ingested, to make patients feel fuller faster. Launched to much buzz in the UK this week, the Obalon balloon has been garnering headlines for serving as a non-invasive, 15-minute version of traditional gastric balloon treatments which require going under the knife. Here’s how it works: The vitamin-sized capsule is attached to a slender tube. After swallowing the capsule, gas is used to inflate the balloon through the tube.

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ABC News Radio: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

(NEW YORK) -- Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already -- in Tijuana. The pill, which is currently not available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It's an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it's swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center. Read On ABC News Radio: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/health-news/obalon-weight-loss-pill-a-quick-way-to-take-off-20-30-lbs.html#ixzz2yKXNtjYU

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Fox News Latino: Border Surgeon Becomes Public Face Of New Weight-Loss Device

he border isn’t a barrier to Dr. Ariel Ortíz Lagardere. A bariatric (i.e., weight loss) surgeon who grew up and received his medical training on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Ortíz is a California resident while the state-of-the-art facility he started and runs, the Obesity Control Center, is in Tijuana. “I’m puro Chicano,” the 47-year-old told Fox News Latino. Despite not being affiliated with its manufacturer beyond as a medical consultant, Ortíz has become the face for a new medical device – not approved in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration – called Obalon, which has produced some eye-popping weight loss numbers during trials.

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Carry On Harry: Dr Ortiz talks about Stomagic “Weight Loss Program” on CarryonHarry Talk Show

SAN DIEGO, CA. (February 7, 2014) – The dream of losing excessive weight without going under the knife is now a reality. A weight loss pill (by Obalon) that releases a gastric balloon into a patient’s stomach when it is swallowed, is now available to those who may not qualify for Gastric Bypass Surgery. Patients can find this non-surgical option at the Obesity Control Center, which is a Certified “Center of Excellence” located just minutes over the Border from San Diego.

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Fitness Seed: Border Surgeon Becomes Public Face Of New Weight-Loss Device Not Yet Available In U.S.

Obalon Therapeutics approached him in 2008 to be a consultant for the medical device and to conduct some of the earliest trials of the device. “He had a long experience and expertise in gastric surgery,” Mark Mahmood, executive vice president for marketing at Obalon Therapeutics in San Diego, Calif, explained to Fox News Latino. “And his facility in Tijuana is world-class.” Certified as an “International Center of Excellence” by the Surgical Review Corporation, in fact.

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ABC 2 Tulsa: Obalon: Some doctors call vitamin-sized swallow-able gastric balloon revolutionary

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery but Americans must leave the country to get it. Obalon, which has been described as the biggest advancement in obesity treatment, is the world's first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It's targeted to individuals who are overweight but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery.

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ABC 5 West Palm Beach: Can this balloon help you lose weight?

SAN DIEGO - A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery but Americans must leave the country to get it. Obalon, which has been described as the biggest advancement in obesity treatment, is the world's first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It's targeted to individuals who are overweight but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery.

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105.1 Jack FM: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

(NEW YORK) -- Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already -- in Tijuana. The pill, which is currently not available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It's an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it's swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center. "As soon they swallow it and we activate the balloon it's like, 'Doc, I was hungry and as soon as you inflated that thing -- it's -- I'm not hungry anymore,'" Ortiz said.

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CNN iReport: Obalon Balloon Weight Loss Pill Offers Results Just Steps from San Diego

March 14, 2014 – San Diego, CA -- Leading bariatric surgeon Ariel Ortiz, MD, FACS, of Obesity Control Center in Baja, has teamed up with California Company Obalon, to revolutionize weight loss. Dr. Ortiz now offers the Obalon balloon pill, helping those suffering from obesity lose the excess weight without the need for surgery.

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1070 WAPI: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

The stomach can take up to three weeks to get used to the balloon once it's inflated. Then, patients can pop another pill, but should only ingest up to three balloons over a four-month period. Obalon, which can cost patients between $3,000 and $4,000 at the clinic in Mexico, is made in San Diego, but is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is going through trials right now. Dr. Ortiz says the procedure is "very similar weight loss to gastric surgery, but instead of a year and a half we're obtaining that in three to four months."

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Evansville Courier & Press: Weight-loss seekers leave country to swallow non-approved balloon

PHOENIX — A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery. But, Americans have to leave the country to get it. WEIGHT LOSS BALLOON YOU CAN SWALLOW Obalon, which has been described as one of the biggest advancements in obesity treatment, is the world's first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It's targeted at individuals who are overweight, but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery. During a five-minute procedure that does not require anesthesia or medication, the patient swallows a vitamin-sized capsule attached to a thin tube, according to the company’s website.

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790 KABC: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

(NEW YORK) -- Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already -- in Tijuana. The pill, which is currently not available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It's an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it's swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center. "As soon they swallow it and we activate the balloon it's like, 'Doc, I was hungry and as soon as you inflated that thing -- it's -- I'm not hungry anymore,'" Ortiz said.

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magic 107.3: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

The stomach can take up to three weeks to get used to the balloon once it's inflated. Then, patients can pop another pill, but should only ingest up to three balloons over a four-month period. Obalon, which can cost patients between $3,000 and $4,000 at the clinic in Mexico, is made in San Diego, but is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is going through trials right now. Dr. Ortiz says the procedure is "very similar weight loss to gastric surgery, but instead of a year and a half we're obtaining that in three to four months."

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Hot 107.7: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

(NEW YORK) -- Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already -- in Tijuana. The pill, which is currently not available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It's an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it's swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center. "As soon they swallow it and we activate the balloon it's like, 'Doc, I was hungry and as soon as you inflated that thing -- it's -- I'm not hungry anymore,'" Ortiz said.

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