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  • Reply to

    Some Morer Bad Press

    by innsbrooklad Feb 22, 2015 10:16 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 22, 2015 12:49 PM Flag

    OK?? Pour it on Inns. Ignore these clown who think shared DD is a waste of time. And by the way, to all those who said the call was non-informative are out of their damn minds! The news from here until the end of the year will be nothing but growth drivers for this company. This is still a 2015 story, and beyond!!

  • Reply to

    stock picking contest starting prices

    by jqpubl Feb 22, 2015 9:55 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 22, 2015 1:01 PM Flag

    ETRM long $1.15

  • Gastric electrical stimulation for obesity 2015 Jan,17
    Chiu JD1, Soffer E.
    Author information
    Abstract
    Obesity is a growing health problem worldwide with a major impact on health and healthcare expenditures. Medical therapy in the form of diet and pharmacotherapy has limited effect on weight. Standard bariatric surgery is effective but is associated with morbidity and mortality, creating an unmet need for alternative therapies. One such therapy, the application of electrical stimulation to the stomach, has been studied extensively for the last two decades. Though pulse parameters differ between the various techniques used, the rationale behind this assumes that application of electrical current can interfere with gastric motor function or modulate afferent signaling to the brain or both. Initial studies led by industry failed to show an effect on body weight. However, more recently, there has been a renewed interest in this therapeutic modality with a number of concepts being evaluated in large human trials. If successful, this minimally invasive and low-risk intervention would be an important addition to the existing menu of therapies for obesity.

    After clicking link below, click on "look inside link" for more info.
    linkDOTspringerDOTcom/search?facet-author=%22Jenny+D.+Chiu%22#page-1

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 24, 2015 7:38 AM Flag

    Basically it's just another publication confirming what we have known for sometime now. We need less invasive treatment options, without altering the body yet easily reversible.

    None of the above treatments has emerged as the mainstay thus far leaving the door still wide open for new treatment.
    1. Pills consistently shown to be limited in efficiency and sustainability with as much as 50% gaining their weight back within 5 years.
    2. Today's surgical options are invasive, risky, and come with a whole host of complications.

    I posted this info because the publication is recent reaching Docs across the country.

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 24, 2015 7:43 AM Flag

    And no there was no direct mention of vbloc. I can only assume that's what the author was getting at though being there's nothing like it available.

  • Michelle Early
    Regional Director - Southeast US EnteroMedics
    West Palm Beach, Florida Area
    February 2015 – Present (1 month) Southeast US
    Previous: Lifecell
    ====================================================
    Chip Freeman
    Greater New York City Area
    Director, Northern US EnteroMedics
    February 2015 – Present (1 month) Greater New York City Area
    Previous: Intuitive / Intouch Health
    ====================================================
    Justin Romans
    Greater San Diego Area
    Director, Western US EnteroMedics
    February 2015 – Present (1 month ) Greater San Diego Area
    Previous: Southwest Region Manager Covidien

  • Reply to

    This is the ABSOLUTE WORST stock ever!!!

    by deuxtrax Feb 24, 2015 2:30 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 24, 2015 5:13 PM Flag

    So I check the board several times a day. You don't?? And it's always funny to me when doing my DD I get accused of being employed by the company I invest in. Not the first time that's happened. So I guess you can say I'm delusional. I've been told worse. like "I need to have my head examined for even thinking of getting involved here"

    As far as my opinion being "tainted" that's fine. I post facts for the most part, some speculation (which is an opinion) and I am not worried about the stock price this month.

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 24, 2015 5:57 PM Flag

    No I wasn't going to call them. There are some like me who like to dig into the background of different people to see if their up for the job. I am starting to see shared dd is not popular around here so I will slow it down. You guys go ahead and talk about stock price. We will see who was right in 3/6 months.

  • pharmaapproved by pharmaapproved Feb 26, 2015 8:49 AM Flag

    Here are just a few things that stuck out to me. They where recording the webinar, so assume it will be available for all to see shortly.

    Doctors will train at one central location (this will be nice as the ramp up will be much faster than having to go to each location to train Docs)

    They did several interactive polls for those taking part. (The one that stuck out to me was that of all the options Vbloc is what most where interested due to risk, complications & altering of anatomy) The Doctor was a little hurt by these results being a bariatric surgeon he said, but said he understands and will be a provider for Vbloc. I did not vote on any of the questions to keep it honest. You know I am a little bias.

    They where taking info to match patients up with providers in their area

    Unlike pills women who wish to become pregnant are safe for implantation of the device as it can be turned off then turned back on once the child has been delivered.

    Insurance coverage was a concern by some potential patients. But as "Recon" pointed out they have already lined up a provider for cost associated of the device, and I assume the procedure itself. The Doctor on the call pointed out that Medicare & other providers already pay for some of today's surgical options. So they should view this as a better alternative due to less risk and lower cost being you're in/out of hospital same day in most cases.

    They are matching up past patients who they are calling "ambassadors" who will be available to those who wish to have these folks answer there questions along the way.

    The Doctor seems to think a BMI of 30 rather than 35 will soon be allowed

    They were not able to get to all the questions, but have a hotline they said would be available today for any questions they couldn't get too.

  • Reply to

    Webinar

    by pharmaapproved Feb 26, 2015 8:49 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 26, 2015 9:26 AM Flag

    "I also found very, very important no one has talked about much is that you can and the DR. recommend that Mike keep the device in after he lost the 70 lbs. that was his goal and that obesity is a lifetime disease and some people will go back to eating more, eating poorly and not exercising so they will gain weight back if they do."

    Great point, they then just reactivate the device.

  • Reply to

    Remember when...

    by tallyparty Feb 26, 2015 12:11 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 26, 2015 1:19 PM Flag

    Liar, I never once claimed the guy should have been arrested. And I have never disclosed how many shares I own. I get the impression you are former poster who said they would never get a positive panel recommendation let alone FDA approval. If I'm wrong, relax, It's only been 1.5 months since FDA approval! Do you think it's all supposed to happen overnight?!

    O/T: Did you see CYBX knocked it out of the park this morning?
    The company offers vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy system that uses pulsed electrical signals applied to the vagus nerve for the treatment of refractory epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression. It is also engaged in investigating the use of VNS and other neuromodulation therapy for other indications, including chronic heart failure, and developing non-implantable device solutions for the management of epilepsy.

  • Reply to

    WTW

    by innsbrooklad Feb 26, 2015 5:32 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 26, 2015 6:08 PM Flag

    Inns, just ignore the posters you don't care for. But here is what I think of companies like WTW.

    The days of companies like Weight-Watchers and Herbalife are coming to an end. People today wanna eat what they want, when they want. They can't or refuse to give up eating a hamburger, pizza, pasta you name it in order to stay healthy. What these people need is something to help them feel full while still eating the foods they like. That's exactly what Vbloc does! And if you don't think a device like Vbloc is the answer, then you haven't been paying attention to the Medical Device market! Yeah today's pps is in the trash bin, but when this thing turns and it will, there will be know looking back.

  • Reply to

    WTW

    by innsbrooklad Feb 26, 2015 5:32 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 26, 2015 7:02 PM Flag

    Joe, good to see you posting again. I noticed you escaped on the short run up so congrats on that. But yes exactly how I feel too. The surgeons will be of great benefit to both ETRM and us shareholders. This is going to take a little more time I guess for the pps to catch up, but you would think speculation alone would have us out of this range. It may be the obesity market in general of the past that's hurting us for now, giving us no free pass as other companies did and still do. We have a device approved damn near WW and you mean to tell me it's only worth $80 mil?? Crazy if you ask me and why I stick with it following my DD.

  • Reply to

    WTW

    by innsbrooklad Feb 26, 2015 5:32 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 1, 2015 11:20 AM Flag

    "I contacted my gastroenterologist who has bariatric surgeons in their group and they could not get in the first class for training. Booked"

    That's pretty interesting and very believable considering the company has already said they have been "flooded with inquires". If you don't mind would you share where your gastroenterologist is located? This might help us determine if they're revamping their roll out strategy. The company has said they where looking to roll this out slowly, but it sounds to me there's more interest than they could even imagine. Also notable was they had to order more devices than what was initially thought. I agree Dr Alvarez was a huge endorsement which Millions seen. There are many other Docs though looking to get in on the next option for the obese in this country. Did your gastroenterologist suggest the first class starts May 1 or is that just your opinion?? Thanks

  • Reply to

    Break Even Criteria

    by biofellowtraveler Feb 27, 2015 12:50 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 1, 2015 11:35 AM Flag

    Dethnell, where did your post go??

    Anyways, Lets look at the options. First we have companies like weight-watchers, Nutri-System and Herbalife which are suffering as people pass on expensive food/drinks leaving them still hungry. What do you think it cost someone who buys food from these companies year after year?

    Then we have the pill makers which have been in a downward spiral ever since being approved as consumers seem to pass on them for one reason or another. Maybe they can't due to other medication, bad experience with prior drugs or maybe the Doctor just won't prescribe them.

    So what is left other than invasive surgery for the 100 of thousands of people who can't lose weight on their own? We know there are several hundred thousand people who qualify for baratric surgery who yet refuse too or cannot because of other conditions deeming it unsafe. So what are insures going to do, turn these folks down?? Fact is vbloc will never replace bariatric surgery all together. We know that!

    One reason the FDA approved the device was to fill the void between pills and invasive surgery. I believe done right (as the device does fill that void) ETRM has a good chance of capitalizing on a still virtually untapped Billion $$ market. I also believe insures will get on-board in the near future. But until then there will those who pay out of pocket. If one where to use "biofellow" patient estimates (which are very conservative imo) per center it's not hard to see the company would survive, and do quite well actually without insurance, we will see.

  • Reply to

    WTW

    by innsbrooklad Feb 26, 2015 5:32 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 1, 2015 1:05 PM Flag

    Thanks, So the new hires which are spread across the country confirms they're revamping their roll-out strategy doesn't it?? If you remember the company said earlier they would be rolling this out slowly. No where have they said "YET" demand is so high they will roll this out across the country. The new hires tell the real story. I'm fine with under promising and over delivering, but they may as well come clean and tell us exactly what they know. The posters on this board yourself included are figuring this out on our own, so why not just confirm it??

    Michelle Early
    Regional Director - Southeast US EnteroMedics
    West Palm Beach, Florida Area
    February 2015 – Present (1 month) Southeast US
    Previous: Lifecell
    ===========================================
    Chip Freeman
    Greater New York City Area
    Director, Northern US EnteroMedics
    February 2015 – Present (1 month) Greater New York City Area
    Previous: Intuitive / Intouch Health
    ============================================
    Justin Romans
    Greater San Diego Area
    Director, Western US EnteroMedics
    February 2015 – Present (1 month ) Greater San Diego Area
    Previous: Southwest Region Manager Covidien

  • Reply to

    WTW

    by innsbrooklad Feb 26, 2015 5:32 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 1, 2015 5:31 PM Flag

    I would strongly suggest no one contact these people. Let them do their job. It's not like they would tell you anything anyway.

  • pharmaapproved by pharmaapproved Mar 2, 2015 9:50 AM Flag

    webmdDOTcom/news/breaking-news/future-of-health/#obesity-treatment-toc/advances-in-obesity-treatment

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 4, 2015 9:21 AM Flag

    1. Specialty physicians are being contacted as well (good to know)
    2. 10-15 centers in self pay (credit) markets on top of what they have already talked about, bringing it to 25 centers by eoy (so they expanding their roll-out plan)
    3.Several groups involved who help patients cover surgery/cost involved
    4.Centers who specialize in helping self pay are interested (not sure if this means financing it themselves, I am assuming it does)
    5. Webinar was a succsess

  • Reply to

    Moe good news

    by hmark2727 Mar 4, 2015 10:09 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 4, 2015 11:28 AM Flag

    Looks like the breakout session may have went well. We will see shortly as it moves in the right direction. Mark seemed to be getting warmed up the longer he spoke.

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