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Broad Coverage For Lap-Band Helps Grow Allergan’s Obesity Sales

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

CMS' decision to cover Allergan's Lap-Band laparoscopic adjustable gastric band for Medicare beneficiaries last February helped spark a 33% revenue jump for Allergan's obesity intervention business in 2006

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