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ReShape reveals National VA agreement for ReShape Balloon

The Veterans Health Administration operates one of the largest health care systems in the world
ReShape Balloon to be in 150 VA Hospitals that serve nearly six million patients annually

ReShape Lifesciences has announced that the ReShape Balloon System is now available at US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities through the previously-announced ReShape Lifesciences partnership with Academy Medical, LLC. Academy Medical is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business specializing in the distribution of medical products to VA and Department of Defense (DoD) facilities. On 9th October 2018, the ReShape Balloon has been added to Academy Medical's five-year sole source agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which allows any VA surgeon in the US to purchase the ReShape Balloon System from Academy Medical under a national contract.

"We are very pleased that surgeons at VA medical facilities now have the ability to treat veterans fighting obesity with the ReShape Balloon," said Dan Gladney, ReShape Lifesciences President and Chief Executive Officer. " There are over one million eligible veterans who are struggling with obesity and they, as well as all patients, deserve access to every option that may help them fight this disease. We look forward to working closely with the VA and Academy Medical to increase awareness and training so that the ReShape Balloon can be offered as soon as possible."

ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, a first-of-its-kind non-surgical weight loss procedure for people with mild to moderate obesity. The ReShape Procedure provides a new option for adults with a BMI30-40 with a related comorbidity who have been unsuccessful at diet and exercise alone, and do not want or do not qualify for bariatric surgery.

ReShape is a next generation technology with features that are designed to enhance performance in three important areas. First, two connected balloons have a larger fill volume than a typical single balloon.  Second, it is designed for greater comfort by mounting the two balloons on a flexible shaft that allows the device to conform to the natural shape of the stomach.  Finally, the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon is the only intragastric balloon that is designed to mitigate the potential for migration of a deflated balloon from the stomach into the intestines.

The dual balloon is inserted in the stomach endoscopically and filled with saline. It does not change or alter the natural anatomy in any way and remains in the stomach for six months. During this time and for the six months after the balloon is removed, ReShape patients receive comprehensive counselling and support services that include frequent in-office coaching sessions.

"Academy Medical is pleased to be able to work with both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and ReShape Lifesciences to provide veterans with easy access to this revolutionary and cutting-edge weight loss option," said Dan Shaw, Founder and President of Academy Medical. "This agreement is another example of how we are able to deliver on our shared mission to provide innovative medical devices like the ReShape Balloon to VA hospitals."

The Veterans Health Administration operates one of the largest health care systems in the world. This opens up the opportunity for the ReShape Balloon to be in 150 VA Hospitals that serve nearly six million patients annually.

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