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Influencing Doctors

A new study shows that information provided to doctors by pharmaceutical companies results in higher prescribing rates and lower prescribing quality, says Pharmalot's Ed Silverman. The study, published in PLoS Medicine, shows that visits by sales reps, ads in journals, attendance at meetings sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, and participation in sponsored clinical trials all affect what doctors prescribe and how much. "The bottom line: the researchers found that docs who accepted meetings, briefings or other info from drugmakers were more likely to prescribe those products," Silverman says.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.