Redwood City, CA, September 14, 2021 – Gynesonics®, a women’s healthcare company focused on the development of minimally invasive solutions for symptomatic uterine fibroids, announced Anthem, Inc., the largest managed health care company in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, has provided positive payer coverage for the Sonata® Treatment. Anthem’s decision creates access for this minimally invasive procedure for women across the country, having the largest impact in California, New York, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia and Indiana. The Sonata technology platform integrates the first and only commercial intrauterine ultrasound system with a proprietary advanced radiofrequency ablation device, providing an incision-free, uterus-preserving, transcervical treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids. The Sonata Treatment is an alternative to hysterectomy and myomectomy, and can treat a wide range of fibroid types, sizes and locations. Fibroids are treated from inside the uterus, so the Sonata Treatment requires no incisions, no tissue is surgically removed, and the uterus is preserved.
Anthem is one of the country’s largest healthcare insurance plans and this policy validates the need for less invasive treatment options for women with systematic fibroids. Currently in the U.S. women will wait 3-5 years for treatment trying to avoid invasive surgery. As well, black women have the highest incidence of fibroid diagnoses, yet studies show they are least likely to be offered less invasive treatment options. 1,2
“We hope this coverage policy helps ensure access to all women seeking less invasive treatments,” said Kelly Petrucci, Global VP of Strategy and Market Access for Gynesonics. “At Gynesonics, we are committed to delivering solutions to patients, physicians and health insurers that combine safety, efficacy and economic benefits, positively impacting the entire healthcare system.”
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In the SONATA clinical trial, 95 percent of patients experienced a reduction in menstrual bleeding by 12 months. Additionally, 50 percent of women return to normal activities the next day. The overall impact of treatment with Sonata was significant for these women, with 97 percent of women at 12 months indicating they would recommend the procedure. Women were followed in the study long-term which demonstrated durable symptom relief for three years.2
“The positive coverage decision from Anthem supports the rapid acceleration and acceptance of the Sonata treatment. This follows the recent inclusion of Sonata by ACOG in the fibroid treatment Practice Bulletin as well as the 2021 European Consensus publication recommending a new fibroid treatment algorithm with the Sonata technology at the forefront,” said Chris Owens, President and CEO of Gynesonics. “These important policies and clinical recommendations further advance our commitment to ensuring patient and physician access, engagement, and education for the Sonata technology.”