Cigna's Connected Care Approach for Customers with Hepatitis C Achieves 98.4 Percent "Real World" Cure Rates

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., July 17, 2015 - A Cigna (NYSE: CI) analysis has found that 98.4 percent of Cigna Pharmacy Management customers treated with Harvoni for hepatitis C genotype 1 achieved a sustained virologic response (SVR12), meaning they are considered to be cured of hepatitis. The latest analysis continues Cigna's efforts to understand how prescription drugs perform in the "real world" and deliver solutions that generate quantifiable improvements in clinical outcomes and affordability that meet or exceed results seen in clinical trials.

"Our specialty approach focuses on delivering better clinical outcomes and affordability. We focus on the whole customer, collaboration with physicians, and comprehensive customer engagement. This approach goes well beyond just negotiating competitive drug price rates by creating real incentive alignment with drug manufacturers to meet or exceed expected clinical outcomes," said Christopher Bradbury, senior vice president, integrated clinical and specialty drug solutions for Cigna Pharmacy Management. "Our connected care approach drives meaningful improvement in clinical results and affordability and -- as we see with hepatitis C -- delivers powerful, real-world benefits for customers and clients."

Cigna's connected care strategy for hepatitis C includes:

Additional insights from the analysis show:

Cigna also found that its connected care approach to working with physicians has helped its customers receive the preferred drug therapy when clinically appropriate, as well as appropriate length of treatment according to evidence-based standards, helping to improve health and affordability:

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 88 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

 

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