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Humana and Novo Nordisk Form Partnership to Improve Quality Outcomes for Patients Fighting Diabetes

New research collaboration will focus on diabetes treatment and care


Monday, June 18, 2012 10:30 am EDT



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"We look forward to collaborating with Humana on this project"

LOUISVILLE, Ky. & PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and Novo Nordisk Inc. (NYSE: NVO) today announced a one-year research partnership to explore diabetes treatment and care. Together, researchers will identify opportunities to change how patients might be treated to improve quality and outcomes for the millions of people who battle diabetes.

Humana, one of the nation’s largest health care companies, and Novo Nordisk, the world leader in diabetes care, will bring together researchers to study the treatment and progression of diabetes in the senior population. By leveraging both companies’ experience, this research will assist in the development of programs that will further enhance health and well-being of people with diabetes.

“This research collaboration is an important step in the fight against a disease that affects one out of every four Medicare members at Humana,” said William Fleming, Pharm.D, President of Humana Pharmacy Solutions. “We are excited about working together with Novo Nordisk as we will meaningfully advance care and improve the lives of our members.”

Humana, working through its research affiliate, Competitive Health Analytics, Inc., and Novo Nordisk are excited about the opportunity to partner together in the fight against diabetes.

“We look forward to collaborating with Humana on this project,” said Anne Phillips, M.D., Corporate Vice President, Clinical Development, Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Novo Nordisk Inc. “Health care quality is so important when it comes to achieving good outcomes, but we can’t measure it unless we have a strong partner with substantial data. It is our hope that this collaboration ultimately will create solutions that will improve outcomes for people with diabetes.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. This number is projected to significantly rise with an increasingly older, more sedentary and overweight population. Seven million of those with diabetes remain undiagnosed. Additionally, 79 million people in the United States have pre-diabetes, a condition in which individuals have blood glucose or A1c levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-limb amputations.

About Novo Nordisk

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 89 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit http://www.novonordisk-us.com and follow us on Twitter @novonordiskus.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in healthcare that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls
  • Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors)
  • Corporate Governance information

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Humana Corporate Communications
Marvin Hill, 502-476-0315
Novo Nordisk Inc. Media Relations
Ken Inchausti, 609-514-8316

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