Virta Health Partners with PBM Navitus Health Solutions to Address Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity Epidemics

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June 18, 2024
October 10, 2023
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Amid rising prevalence of diabetes and obesity, Navitus offers clients a solution to help members transform their health while reducing dependence on expensive medications

DENVER, CO – Virta Health and pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) Navitus Health Solutions are partnering to bring Virta’s reversal solutions for type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and obesity to Navitus’ clients.

Today’s announcement underscores the ongoing desire of employers and plan sponsors to address the challenges of metabolic disease within their covered populations, especially amid the rapid growth of GLP-1 medications both for diabetes and weight loss. In a recent study, the use of GLP-1s for obesity in a commercially insured population nearly doubled the total cost of care for members using these drugs.

The partnership addresses this trend. Patients with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes completing one year in Virta’s clinical trial experienced 12% and 13% weight loss, respectively. Meanwhile, people with type 2 diabetes saw 63% of prescriptions eliminated. Virta demonstrates $6000 in annual savings per enrolled member in type 2 diabetes reversal in real-world settings.

Virta’s provider-led, nutrition-based solutions will be offered through Navitus to maximize value for clients.

“Navitus has 20 years of experience lowering costs for plan sponsors while helping members access clinically appropriate care,” says Laura Jester, Vice President, Clinical Services at Navitus. “This partnership builds upon our proven track record. Our clients look to us for transformational solutions to chronic diseases. Virta offers just that—a tech-forward approach that lowers drug spend for utilizing members while improving member health.”

“Payers want innovative solutions to the chronic disease cost crisis, especially amid the rise in use of GLP-1’s. With this partnership, Navitus clients can seamlessly plug Virta into the list of benefits and watch healthcare costs go down,” said Kevin Kumler, President at Virta Health. “More importantly, millions of people now have access to the life-changing benefits of reversing their condition.”

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About Virta Health

Virta Health is the leader in the reversal of chronic conditions, and is creating a new standard in medical care for people living with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or obesity. Our virtual approach combines personalized nutrition therapy with continuous provider-led support to empower members to eliminate medications, lose weight, and take back their lives. Virta has earned the trust of the nation’s largest organizations, including Humana, AutoZone, and Blue Shield of California. We also deliver industry-leading cost savings of over $6,000 per member per year while putting our fees at risk based on health outcomes. To learn more, visit

About Navitus

Navitus Health Solutions, LLC, owned by SSM Health and Costco Wholesale Corporation, was founded in 2003 as an alternative to traditional pharmacy benefit management (PBM) models. Navitus approaches pharmacy services differently. We are purpose-driven to help humans and committed to removing cost from the drug supply chain to make medications more affordable for the people who need them. We proudly serve over 11 million people through more than 1,000 plan sponsor and health plan client relationships. Our transparent, fully pass-through model enables clients to achieve their goals and drive desired health and financial outcomes. To learn more about Navitus, visit

This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or any advice relating to your health. View full disclaimer

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