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  • 4 February 2020
    Axonics® Sacral Neuromodulation System Receives Reimbursement Approval in Germany

    Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AXNX), a medical technology company that has developed and is commercializing novel implantable rechargeable Sacral Neuromodulation (“SNM”) devices for the treatment of bladder and bowel dysfunction, today announced that the German Institute for the Hospital Remuneration System (“InEK”) granted Status 1 reimbursement approval to the Axonics r-SNM® System under a New Examination and Treatment Method (“NUB”). 

    The NUB program allows hospitals to apply to the German government for additional funding for innovative medical devices when existing reimbursement is limited. Extra funding was requested by 36 hospitals in Germany who wish to start using the Axonics r-SNM System in 2020. These hospitals will now be allowed to benefit from specific reimbursement that yields a higher payment for the Axonics System as compared to the non-rechargeable SNM system currently marketed by the legacy provider.

    Raymond W. Cohen, CEO of Axonics, commented, “The large number of hospitals who have applied for NUB demonstrates the appetite of German physicians for the Axonics System. This NUB approval for additional reimbursement is based in part on the economic advantages of our long-lived rechargeable SNM system as compared to the competitor’s non-rechargeable device that requires replacement every 3-5 years due to battery depletion. The launch of the Axonics System is not only important for patient care, but it is also instrumental in helping healthcare systems around the world be more cost effective. Approval of higher reimbursement for our rechargeable SNM system clearly indicates that the InEK understands the long-term savings opportunity that we are able to offer.”

    The Axonics System obtained European CE Mark approval in June 2016 for the treatment of overactive bladder, urinary retention and fecal incontinence. Following a post-approval clinical study in Europe, the Axonics System was launched internationally in England, the Netherlands and Canada at the end of 2018. Axonics launched commercially in the United States following a pivotal clinical study in the United States and FDA approval in late 2019.