United States military veterans now have the option to use Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy, a small, noninvasive nasal device for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The US Department of Veterans Affairs has granted a multiyear, federal supply schedule contract that would expand access to Provent Therapy among veterans.

“OSA is a chronic condition creating a significant burden on the Veterans Healthcare System. While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a safe and effective treatment, a substantial percentage of veterans don’t accept or adhere to this treatment,” said Richard B. Berry, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Florida. “There is a great need for access to new, clinically proven therapies—particularly easy-to-use treatments—for the increasing number of veterans with obstructive sleep apnea.”

It’s estimated more than 4 million US veterans suffer from OSA, with a 61% increase of diagnoses between 2008 and 2010.

“Leading sleep centers estimate that one in five veterans experience sleep apnea, a rate of OSA that is four times higher than in the general US population,” said Peter Wyles, president and CEO of Ventus Medical, and former US Marine. “We’re pleased to offer a clinically proven solution to the millions of veterans who have served our country, but currently go untreated with this serious condition.”