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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

1-800-GET-THIN clinics put patients at risk, lawsuit alleges

Surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign used improperly sterilized equipment during Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries, two ex-workers say in the lawsuit. 


Surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign used improperly sterilized surgical equipment during Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries and failed to notify several patients that they might have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus, two former workers alleged in a new lawsuit.

Jessica Meyle, a dietitian, and Amy Demonbreun, a surgical assistant, made the allegations in a lawsuit filed late Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. They said they quit their jobs this year rather than continue "to engage in unsafe patient care and the defendants' pattern and practice of violating the law."

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