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  • Role of the vagus nerve in the development and treatment of diet-induced obesity


  • I have not gone shopping yet and would like to wait until I am in size 16. I had been wearing size 1-2X and 20w. But I love that I can breathe in what I am wearing. I will never take that for granted again. This goes to a reward, too, when I look in the mirror and I start seeing the changes, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

    In an earlier post, I had talked about how my health was one of my great motivators, I didn’t want to feel sick and tired all of the time. I am proud to say I have not used Metformin for 2 months and am not even testing any more. So Diabetes is off the list of aliments! That is huge and I am thrilled!

  • pharmaapproved by pharmaapproved Apr 8, 2016 2:35 PM Flag

    "I decided to Start sharing my journey now that I have had weight loss surgery. I had a new procedure, the VBloc on December 29th. Since starting this journey I have lost about 60 lbs. High mark of 314 (I'm 5'10") now at 255."

    April 7th, 2016


  • Most cases at this time are cash-pay, but insurance has covered some. The VBloc company, Enteromedics, is working with insurance companies to try to get better coverage across the board.

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved May 23, 2016 7:49 AM Flag

    Interesting they are holding a conference call in a week two weeks later than ER. He said there would be an update when substantial progress has been made. Fingers crossed!!

  • Reply to

    ABC news FL

    by bahmad1000 Jan 29, 2016 1:31 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 23, 2016 9:05 AM Flag

    For some reason I can't get the link to post. The lady in this story started a blog which can be viewed At Florida Hospital Tampa website.

    Here are a few things she said:

    On January 27, 2016, I had my surgery. I could not be happier! Today it is six weeks and I have lost 17 pounds.
    Myra’s vBloc Story: Why I Chose vBloc

    Like 99% of people, I had tried every diet around, they would work for a while, but always were impossible to live with long term. I did consider gastric bypass

  • pharmaapproved by pharmaapproved Mar 22, 2016 12:37 PM Flag

    Kevin Douglas holding strong. I was wondering about him. I really hope someone reigns in compensation for these guys. Looks like they paid themselves well in February.

    The Board of Directors approved bonus awards of $66,224, $13,274, $135,453, $53,075, $49,088, $42,286 and $41,700 for Dr. Knudson, Mr. Gladney, Mr. Lea, Dr. Shikora, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Donders and Dr. Tweden, respectively. These bonus awards were paid to the named executive officers in February 2016.
    Additionally, pursuant to Amendment No. 2 to Mr. Lea’s employment agreement, discussed in further detail below under the heading “Employment Agreements,” Mr. Lea was deemed to have achieved 100% of the corporate performance objectives and individual performance objectives under the Management Incentive Plan and a 20% premium on his bonus for 2015. Also, based on his offer letter, Dr. Shikora was deemed to have achieved 100% of the corporate performance objectives.


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    by innsbrooklad May 17, 2016 1:26 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved May 20, 2016 12:04 PM Flag

    Just to be clear I didn't ask anyone to join me in this endeavor. I guess when you've been critical of management or post facts about the tech or company it puts a bulls-eye on your head. Who knew? But, people are getting healthier losing a lot of weight reducing the cost off expensive meds related to weight issues, diabetes ect... So VBLOC works is reversible and no one has or will have it for weight loss unless their patents are junk, I don't believe they are.

    Still hopeful they can turn the ship upright, no doubt time is ticking!!

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 15, 2016 1:56 PM Flag

    I do understand the point you where trying to make. But again it is not outside the realm of possibility.

    The messages on a message board should always be viewed with skepticism.

    I do not drink anyone's "koolaid" but my own, it is potent. I have only once made a decision based entirely off what a poster has recommended who I think is very knowledgeable. Turned out he/she was right! The company was Mannkind which I did very well in getting in/out a the most opportune time. I would NEVER suggest anyone doing that.

    You keep insinuating along with others I am, or have somehow been responsible for investors losing money here. Tell me what I have lied about or ever said to mislead investors? I am losing too.

    I am invested in the company and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. It is just my style I guess to share things I find which are most generally related to the company, space, or technology. I know some don't like it calling it pumpery and that's fine. But there is an easy solution, it's the ignore tab.

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    Short covering before cms coverage and buyout

    by rockystar996 Apr 28, 2016 5:55 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Apr 29, 2016 4:54 PM Flag

    I had to click on your name to make sure it was you. What a shame!


    A Patient Relationship Coordinator is an individual that qualifies, educates and supports a patient from interest in the technology to implant. This individual will be dedicated to vBloc therapy, performing tasks that are tailored to meet the patient’s individual engagement needs in order to deliver a clinically qualified and committed patient to vBloc implanting centers.

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved May 6, 2016 10:00 AM Flag

    The vote was closer than I thought it would be and I voted against, but did anyone really believe it wouldn't be? The company believes there is "substantial progress" being made. All I can say is I hope so, it may be to little to late at this point. The technology will survive and people will continue to turn to vbloc for weight loss. Now whether or not it is EnteroMedics who reaps the reward, the jury is still out on that.

  • pharmaapproved by pharmaapproved Apr 7, 2016 4:41 PM Flag


  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Apr 5, 2016 7:12 PM Flag

    The FDA and the Advisory Panel Members where clear "We need to fill the gap between weight loss pills and invasive surgery." Vbloc clearly does that and with the news today it beats out other surgical procedures, some by a mile!

    "Results observed in the moderately obese population provide strong support for vBloc Therapy's application within this subgroup of patients, many of whom are not willing to undergo, or not appropriate for, more aggressive surgical interventions," said Scott Shikora, M.D., F.A.C.S., EnteroMedics Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. "We look forward to further understanding how vBloc performs in this population, as we continue to review long-term data derived from ReCharge and other vBloc studies."

    I see some people questioning the PR. I think all names below have far to much to lose for some bs news.
    John M. Morton, Sajani N. Shah, Bruce M. Wolfe, Caroline M. Apovian, Christopher J. Miller, Katherine S. Tweden , Charles J. Billington, Scott A. Shikora

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved May 17, 2016 5:54 PM Flag

    Take a look at who it is whimpering something from the peanut gallery. The one and only "Mr Qualified!" He thinks because he's 1 for 4 in his stock picking skills he's relevant again. I guess you haven't learned anything about Karma yet, you will! LOL

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 25, 2016 12:44 PM Flag

    Show me where you see 50,000 plus people talking about Belviq, Qysima, or Contrave. Do those people talk about their experiences putting their business out there for there friends and family to see? Of coarse there are some people who are happy to share their journey but most will not. And besides no one will ever know you had vbloc implanted. You can't hide you had something done with most of the other procedures. Your friends and family will think you did it all on your own!

  • Reply to

    I had a new procedure vbloc

    by pharmaapproved Apr 8, 2016 2:35 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Apr 8, 2016 2:45 PM Flag

    The way this is headlined makes it sound like it is my blog, it is not. I just copied the heading from the blog.

  • GlaxoSmithKline, the UK pharmaceutical company, is pioneering a different approach: so-called bioelectronics, or electroceuticals. These aim to turn our electrical impulses into a mainstay of medical treatment.

    Kris Famm, head of bioelectronics research at GSK, says scientists are learning how the electrical language of the body controls human organs in order to provide precision therapies. “What we’ve learnt so far looks very promising,” he says.

    The aim is to develop products without the side effects of today’s drugs
    EnteroMedics, based in Minnesota, has a more advanced clinical programme also targeting the vagus nerve. Results suggest that intermittently blocking the nerve with high-frequency electrical impulses can help obese people lose weight by reducing their appetite. But some experts worry that treatments aimed at the vagus nerve, which reaches so many organs, may have unwanted side-effects.


  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Mar 11, 2016 3:41 PM Flag

    Not sure about Gladney but it's not outside realm of possibility.

    GlaxoSmithKline, the UK pharmaceutical company, is pioneering a different approach: so-called bioelectronics, or electroceuticals. These aim to turn our electrical impulses into a mainstay of medical treatment.

    Kris Famm, head of bioelectronics research at GSK, says "scientists are learning how the electrical language of the body controls human organs in order to provide precision therapies. What we’ve learnt so far looks very promising,” he says.The aim is to develop products without the side effects of today’s drugs

  • pharmaapproved by pharmaapproved May 21, 2016 9:44 PM Flag

    Gladney said a couple months ago another country would be announced this year. If the UAE isn't it Gladney should be making a phone call his first priority Monday morning. VBLOC has already been approved in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Australia. Unfortunately it sounds like a rat race with other companies working on similar techniques that if successful are 2- 5 years away from market.


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