Better Therapeutics, Inc. (“Better Therapeutics”), a prescription digital therapeutics company delivering cognitive behavioral therapy to address the root causes of cardiometabolic diseases, today announced the commencement of a real-world evidence study with Steward Health Care to evaluate the long-term effectiveness and cost of care impact associated with the use of BT-001 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. BT-001 is an investigational, prescription digital therapeutic that delivers a novel form of cognitive behavioral therapy to patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes.
The open-label, non-randomized, controlled study will evaluate approximately 1,000 patients with type 2 diabetes in Steward Health Care engaged with BT-001 for one year. Participants will include individuals with A1c levels between 7% and 11% across Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial health insurance plans. The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the change in A1c and total healthcare costs after one year of treatment compared to the control group. One year changes in blood pressure, blood lipids, weight, cardiometabolic medications, cardiometabolic medication costs and medical costs will also be evaluated.
The company anticipates reporting topline primary endpoint data in the second half of 2022.
“With the astronomical and growing cost of care for patients with type 2 diabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions, patients, providers and payers all deserve therapeutics that address the root causes of disease, yet we continue to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on medicines that only address symptoms,” said Kevin Appelbaum, co-founder and chief executive officer of Better Therapeutics. “We believe our prescription digital therapeutic has the power to positively disrupt the current standard of care and help patients with behavior-driven conditions, translating to improved patient outcomes and significant healthcare savings. We look forward to the results of this study, which will generate important evidence that we believe could provide support for payer reimbursement.”
Better Therapeutics and Steward Health Care have agreed to non-disclosed business terms aligned toward achieving timely delivery of evidence for 1,000 patients.
The Better Therapeutics platform blends clinical, behavioral and psychological inputs into a series of therapy lessons and skill-building modules. These are designed to isolate and shift the underlying thoughts and beliefs which guide diet and lifestyle behaviors that cause a wide range of cardiometabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. BT-001 is concurrently being evaluated in a pivotal study as a prescribed treatment used under physician supervision for people with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. If positive, the pivotal study will support a regulatory submission for marketing authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA).
BT-001 is Better Therapeutics’ lead product candidate among their pipeline of FDA-regulated, prescription digital therapeutics designed to treat the underlying cause of a range of cardiometabolic conditions. It is anticipated that upon marketing authorization, primary care providers will prescribe, and insurers will reimburse the company’s therapeutics, much like they would a traditional medication.
Clinical data demonstrating the efficacy and safety of Better Therapeutics developmental product candidates has been published in multiple peer-review journals including Journal of the Endocrine Society, JMIR Cardio, JMIR Diabetes and more.
About Better Therapeutics
Better Therapeutics is a prescription digital therapeutics (PDT) company delivering a novel form of cognitive behavioral therapy to address the root causes of cardiometabolic diseases. The company has developed a proprietary platform for the development of FDA-regulated, software-based solutions for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other conditions. The cognitive behavioral therapy delivered by Better Therapeutics’ PDT enables changes in neural pathways of the brain so lasting changes in behavior become possible. Addressing the underlying causes of these diseases has the potential to dramatically improve patient health while lowering healthcare costs. Better Therapeutics’ clinically validated mobile applications are intended to be prescribed by physicians and reimbursed like traditional medicines. For more information, visit: bettertx.com
On April 6, 2021 Better Therapeutics entered into a definitive merger agreement with Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: MCAD) (“Mountain Crest II”), a special purpose acquisition company for a proposed business combination.
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