Average A1c Reduced From 7.6 to 6.7 After Three Months -- Initial Report of the ECHO (Employers Coalition for Healthcare Options) Pilot Program With Diabetics

Richmond, Virginia, UNITED STATES


ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2008) - ALR Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: ALRT) announces the initial results from the ECHO Healthcare Education Foundation of Alabama comprehensive diabetes intervention program. The program, sponsored by ALRT, shows significant reduction in A1c values.

Participants in the program for three months showed statistically significant changes in:

--  Rates of self-monitoring of blood glucose
--  Hemoglobin A1c value
--  Frequency of exercise sessions
--  Adherence to medication protocols
--  Participation in weight management programs
--  Self-evaluation of level of adherence in:  self-monitoring of blood
    glucose, exercise and diet
    

Average A1c score for the participants dropped from 7.6 to 6.7. A level below 7.0 is recommended by the American Diabetes Association and shown to reduce microvascular and neuropathic complications of diabetes. Equally encouraging were the findings of the out of range group (those with A1c over 7.0). Their A1c dropped from an average of 9.0 to 7.4. Prior to the pilot program, none of the participants had blood sugar score below the critical 7.0 level and after 3 months, 47% reached that important target.

The average frequency of self-testing for blood sugar increased from 1.4 times per day to 3.1 per day. Testing of the out of range group increased from 1.5 times per day to 3.5 per day.

The pilot was implemented by ECHO Healthcare Education Foundation of Alabama with an ECHO member company. The program was conducted with 33 Type 2 Diabetics, 2 Type 1 Diabetics and 11 Pre-Diabetics.

The program is ongoing and data will be reported on a quarterly basis.

About ALR Technologies Inc. The ALRT Health-E-Connect platform includes a diabetes management system for compliance enhancement of blood glucose self testing and allows for remote monitoring of blood glucose level, medication compliance, nebulizer use and other diagnostic data by health professionals. Health-E-Connect and the complimentary Constant Health Companion™ fill the gap in standard disease management practices -- with continued oversight of patients when they have left the direct care of professionals. More information on ALR Technologies and its products can be found at http://www.alrt.com. Public Relations: 678-881-0002 Ext. 704, e-mail: info@alrt.com

About ECHO

The mission for the Employers Coalition For Healthcare Options is to ensure that accessible and valuable healthcare is available to Alabama companies, their employees and families. Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, their membership is composed of prominent employers in Alabama, representing nearly 100,000 employees. ECHO develops and implements programs to measure, improve and monitor the quality of healthcare in Alabama. They implement programs to promote the health of employees of their member companies as well as residents of Alabama. Additional information about ECHO is available at their web site: www.echoal.com

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to ALR Technologies' business, and these statements reflect the current views of ALR Technologies with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. When used, the words "estimate," "expect," "anticipate," "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. There are many factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of ALR Technologies and its products to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Further management discussions of risks and uncertainties can be found in the company's quarterly filings with the Securities Exchange Commission.

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