After five patient deaths in recent years via outpatient weight loss surgery clinics affiliated with 1-800-Get-Thin, a new law has been established to maintain control over the facilities.
The Lap-Band, is manufactured by Allergan Inc.
The patients' deaths and injuries have led to a series of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits against 1-800-GET-THIN, its affiliated surgery centers and doctors who performed the procedures, says the LA Times. Allergan is not affiliated with 1-800-GET-THIN.
Outpatient surgery centers in California that perform Lap-Band operations and other procedures will face new scrutiny under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The legislation requires private accrediting firms to inspect outpatient centers at least once every three years and allows for surprise inspections to ensure the centers meet safety standards for such things as cleanliness and proper use of medication.
It also requires accrediting firms to demand improvements or revoke certification if a surgery center does not meet the standards.
The author of the law, state Sen. Curren Price Jr. (D-Los Angeles), said he became interested in the safety of outpatient centers after singer Kanye West's mother died in 2007 after liposuction and breast augmentation surgery at a Westside clinic.
"It brings oversight that's long overdue over these clinics," Price said Sunday after the governor signed the law. "It's going to protect the public's health and safety."