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Devices Gastroenterology Reimbursement

 News Release - July 11, 2012

Given Imaging Announces Reimbursement in Japan for Expanded PillCam SB(R) Indications

PillCam SB to Be Reimbursed as a First Line Diagnostic Tool for the Small Bowel

YOQNEAM, ISRAEL--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)- Given Imaging (GIVN), a world leader in specialty GI products and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, today announced that Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) has issued reimbursement codes for the PillCam Patency Capsule for use with PillCam SB® and for the PillCam SB video capsule for expanded indications for patients with known or suspected small bowel disease, including the visualization and diagnosis of Crohn's disease. PillCam SB may now be used as a first line tool without the need for upper or lower endoscopy.

Reimbursement for both the PillCam Patency Capsule and for expanded indications for PillCam SB in Japan is effective for the entire 105-million adult population as of July 1, 2012. Given Imaging is the only company offering the PillCam Patency Capsule to gastroenterologists in Japan.

"Most of our patients prefer PillCam SB as it is less invasive than other diagnostic methods and allows them to continue their normal daily activities," said Dr. Akira Terano, M.D., Ph.D., Emeritus President, Dokkyo Medical University, Tochigi, Japan and Chairman, Japan Association for Capsule endoscopy. "We thank the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for making it easier for people suffering from GI disorders of the small bowel to undergo this valuable procedure so that we can detect and treat their conditions."

"Reimbursement for expanded PillCam SB indications in Japan represents one of the broadest PillCam SB coverage policies in the world," said Homi Shamir, president and CEO, Given Imaging Ltd. "Our team in Japan will be working diligently to ensure that the medical community is aware of these new codes, which mean better access to PillCam SB for patients."

About Given Imaging Ltd.

Since pioneering the field of capsule endoscopy in 2001, Given Imaging has become a world leader in GI medical devices, offering health care providers a range of innovative options for visualizing, diagnosing and monitoring the digestive system. The company offers a broad product portfolio including PillCam® video capsules for the small bowel, esophagus and colon [PillCam® COLON not approved for use in the United States.], industry-leading ManoScan™ high-resolution manometry and Bravo® pH and Digitrapper® pH and impedance monitoring. Given Imaging is committed to delivering breakthrough innovations to the GI community and supporting its ongoing clinical needs. Given Imaging's headquarters are located in Yoqneam, Israel, with operating subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit

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Source: Given Imaging

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