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Health Alliance Announces Promising Nine-Month Results from First Ever Outcome-Based Reimbursement Program for Actonel(R) (risedronate sodium) Tablets
Date:10/29/2009

URBANA, Ill., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Alliance Medical Plans, Inc., a leading provider-sponsored health insurer, covering more than 310,000 commercial plan members in Illinois and Iowa, has announced positive outcomes from a nine-month Fracture Protection Program pilot launched in partnership with the makers of Actonel, a prescription drug for the treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Through the program with Health Alliance, the makers of Actonel agreed to reimburse a maximum number of non-spinal osteoporotic fractures per 1,000 patients over one year. During the first nine months of the pilot, the reimbursement rate was 79 percent lower than the maximum outlined in the agreement based on the number of non-spinal fractures which met eligibility criteria for reimbursement among Actonel patients. The incidence of non-spinal fractures was consistent with clinical trial data for Actonel.

Christina Barrington, Health Alliance Pharmacy Director, said, "The Fracture Protection Pilot Program was launched to highlight the effectiveness of Actonel through medical outcomes reimbursement. Initially, we had hoped that this program could lower insurance costs not only for Health Alliance, but for our subscribers as well. As a result, Health Alliance independently chose to help our subscribers by lowering their costs. We look forward to continuing and building upon this successful pilot."

Through the program, the Alliance for Better Bone Health, a collaboration between Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and sanofi-aventis U.S., covered the average medical expenses incurred to treat certain non-spinal osteoporotic fractures in women correctly taking Actonel, by proportionally reducing Health Alliance's cost of purchasing Actonel.

"We have reviewed the Fracture Protection Program and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to partner with the makers of Actonel to tie expected outcomes to drug utili
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