SOURCE: ALR Technologies Inc.

November 22, 2010 08:00 ET

ALR Technologies Announces Submission of Comments to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Proposed Policy for Glucose Monitors for Diabetes

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 22, 2010) - ALR Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: ALRT) announces that on November 8, 2010 the Company submitted comments to CMS on a proposed policy for glucose monitors for diabetes.

ALRT recommended modification of the DRAFT policy to require a phased-in adoption of electronic strip count to verify actual usage of blood sugar test strips prior to prescription refill because it is cost effective, easy to use, reliable, auditable, and will reduce the paper work burden inherent with paper logs. (View the complete ALRT comments at http://www.alrt.com/about/investor-comments_cms)

The ALRT Health-e-Connect (HeC) System's platform provides a unique communication channel that allows test strip suppliers to have feedback and dialogue with patients to encourage patients' compliance to diabetes treatment plans and improve adherence. Adherence to prescribed treatment plans should improve health outcomes as was shown in a clinical trial where the ALRT HeC System was used by type 2 diabetes patients on insulin (see http://www.alrt.com/about/news/1). 

The established resale market for unused test strips suggests that the quantities of test strips currently dispensed exceed usage by the intended consumers. If intended consumers continue to not adhere to prescribed treatment plans, the accurate measure of actual strips used will allow CMS to adopt a policy to reimburse refill only for strips that have been used instead of reimburse automatic refills of full prescriptions. The policy if adopted will result in material savings to CMS. (For features of HeC System see: http://www.alrt.com/about/news/11)

The HeC System supports data uploads from blood sugar meters manufactured by Abbott Diabetes Care, Bayer Diabetes Care, LifeScan Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson Company) and Roche Diabetes Care.

The ALRT HeC System is not available for sale in the United States pending FDA 510(k) clearance. The Company submitted a 510(k) application to the FDA for the ALRT HeC System on July 23, 2010.

About ALR Technologies Inc.
ALRT Health-e-Connect (HeC) System is the principal product of the Company. HeC is a web based application for medical professionals to improve  adherence of care plans of patients in their homes. HeC is programmed to assist healthcare providers caring for diabetes patients. The platform will be expanded to cover patients with other chronic diseases. More information on ALR Technologies can be found at http://www.alrt.com

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to ALR Technologies' business, and these statements reflect the current views of ALR Technologies with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. When used, the words "estimate", "expect", "anticipate", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. There are many factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of ALR Technologies and its products to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Further management discussions of risks and uncertainties can be found in the company's quarterly filings with the Securities Exchange Commission.

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