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Type 2 Diabetes Control Worsening, According To Study Of Patients On Commercial Insurance
Date:5/22/2013

NEW ORLEANS, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hemoglobin A1C levels increased over a four-year period for commercially-insured patients with Type 2 diabetes, while modest improvements in A1C control has been shown to improve health outcomes and can lead to substantial healthcare cost savings, according to two studies presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 18th Annual International Meeting.

The two studies, sponsored by Valeritas, makers of the V-Go® insulin delivery device, and conducted in collaboration with HealthCore, a clinical outcomes research company, reviewed data about commercially insured patients being treated for Type 2 diabetes. The first study found that diabetes control, as measured by levels of hemoglobin A1C, worsened among the studied patient population between 2008 and 2011, and the second study suggested that modest improvements in A1C control may lead to substantial cost savings.

Both studies used administrative claims data from the HealthCore Integrated Research DatabaseSM (HIRDSM), associated with a large national health insurer. The studies were jointly designed by Valeritas and HealthCore.

"These studies demonstrate that we, as health professionals, need to help patients better manage their Type 2 diabetes as poor A1C control may have serious human and economic consequences," Matthew Nguyen , PharmD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Integrated Healthcare Management. "Even modest improvements in hemoglobin A1C levels can have a profound impact on health care spending."

Valeritas sponsored the studies, which underscore the need for innovative approaches to glycemic control. The first study presented at the ISPOR meeting examined medical and pharmacy claims of nearly a quarter of a million individuals for the years 2008 through 2011 who had continuous health plan enrollment
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