This one is of particular interest to me. The linked story was published in 2017. Upon further review, the company is still in business. It is a subscription service that doesn’t look like it’s covered by Medicare/Medicaid (it’s not, per Virta support). This is a non-starter in the world of Universal Healthcare/Medicare for All.
An illustration of how the pill coats the intestine mimicking the effect of bariatric surgery (Credit: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Randal Mckenzie, and New Atlas)
Gastric-bypass, or bariatric, surgery has been found to be extraordinarily effective in reversing type 2 diabetes. An exciting new study has now demonstrated an oral agent that can potentially mimic the effects of this surgery by artificially lining the stomach.
A family member has undergone gastric bypass surgery, and she swears by it. Conceive of getting the benefits of this type of surgery without actually having to go through the process. Though these procedures are commonplace, they aren’t cheap. As the United States slowly moves towards some form of universal healthcare, cost savings become of paramount importance.
Source: Gastric bypass “surgery in a pill” points to inspired new treatment for diabetes