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ReShape Balloon gains approval in Saudi Arabia

In 2017, obesity rates in Saudi Arabia was estimated at 53% and is projected to grow to 60% by 2022

ReShape Lifesciences has announced approval of the company's ReShape Balloon by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Food and Drug Authority. Congruent with this approval, the company received an initial stocking order from Dar Al Zahrawi Medical.

Saudi Arabia has one of the highest obesity and overweight prevalence rates in the world, with close to 30% of the global population is estimated to be obese. In 2017, obesity rates in Saudi Arabia was estimated at 53% and is projected to grow to 60% by 2022 according to World Atlas.

"We are pleased to announce the approval and recent order of the ReShape Balloon in Saudi Arabia, both of which support the continued acceptance and affirmation of our product as a solution for obesity," said Dan Gladney, President and Chief Executive Officer of ReShape Lifesciences.  "Dar Al Zahrawi is one of the largest surgical distributors in the Middle East and we are honoured to be able to partner with them in helping to reduce the growing obesity crisis in Saudi Arabia."

The product approval in Saudi Arabia continues ReShape’s expansion into the Middle East following the announcement in December 2017 that the company received a significant order for its ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System from Al Zahrawi Medical, to support increased demand for the Reshape Integrated Dual Balloon System from a leading hospital customer's growing bariatric programme in Dubai, UAE.

Obesity in the UAE has been estimated to be twice the worldwide rate.  While close to 30% of the global population is estimated to be obese, according to a University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation report from 2013, more than 66% of men and 60% of women in the UAE were estimated to be obese.  Over 5,000 weight loss surgeries were performed in the UAE in 2015, an increase of more than 30% from 2014, as reported by the Emirates Obesity Association under the Emirates Medical Association. 

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