GI Dynamics Designates First EndoBarrier® Center of Excellence in Australia
The EndoBarrier, which received approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) last year for sale in Australia, is a thin, flexible, tube-shaped liner that forms a physical barrier between food and part of the wall of the intestine. It has been clinically proven to lower HbA1c levels, achieve weight loss of more than 20 percent and improve other important metabolic functions including cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides, all of which contribute to the severity of type 2 diabetes
“We are delighted to designate the Epworth Centre for Bariatric Surgery as the first Center of Excellence to offer the EndoBarrier in Australia,” said Stuart A. Randle, GI Dynamics president and CEO. “Their highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team is well-suited to provide optimal EndoBarrier treatment for people living with type 2 diabetes and weight problems. Over the next several weeks we will complete our training efforts at ECBS, and they will then begin initiating patient screening and selection.”
The EndoBarrier is currently available in select markets in Europe and in Chile. A hospital is chosen to be a Center of Excellence based on its expertise in the treatment and management of type 2 diabetes and obesity and its support programs for patients undergoing treatment for these conditions. Clinical studies involving more than 500 patients have demonstrated that the EndoBarrier can help people living with type 2 diabetes and obesity achieve blood sugar control and significant weight loss.
“We are privileged to be the first Center to offer this innovative treatment option to patients in Australia as part of a comprehensive approach to diabetes and weight management,” said Dr. Harry Frydenberg, Director of the Epworth Centre for Bariatric Surgery, Victoria and former president of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).
“Despite the pharmaceutical, surgical and lifestyle treatment options currently available, there are patients for whom these treatments are not fully effective,” continued Dr. Frydenberg. “The EndoBarrier offers us a completely new way to treat patients with the potential for substantial weight loss, improvement in diabetes and better overall health. We are pleased to be at the forefront of bringing new treatment options, like the EndoBarrier, to patients.” Diabetes is the sixth highest cause of death by disease for Australian men and women2.
The Australian Diabetes Council (ADC) has estimated that more than 3.5 million, or one in four, Australian adults have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, and that type 2 diabetes costs the country approximately A$3 billion a year. Globally, the International Diabetes Federation has estimated that approximately 320 million people have type 2 diabetes and that it accounts for approximately 90 percent of all cases of diabetes. The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes usually occurs after the age of 40 and is often, but not always, associated with obesity. For more information about the ECBS, please visit http://www.obesity.com.au/ or contact 1800 462373 to speak with a member of their patient management team. People interested in learning more about the EndoBarrier procedure and treatment should visit www.EndoBarrier.com.
About GI Dynamics
GI Dynamics, Inc. (ASX: GID) is pioneering the development and commercialization of effective, non-surgical treatments targeting the large and growing global patient populations with type 2 diabetes and obesity. The company’s flagship product, the EndoBarrier®, is a novel, non-surgical device proven to lower blood glucose levels and promote weight loss in diabetic and obese patients during the implant period. GI Dynamics currently markets the EndoBarrier in select regions in Europe and South America and is planning significant near-term commercial expansion into Australia and additional European countries. EndoBarrier is not approved for sale in the United States and is considered investigational. Founded in 2003, GI Dynamics is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.gidynamics.com.
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