In a letter, Myriad Genetics defends its position that primary care physicians are capable of performing genetic counseling and are encouraged to do so, though Myriad says that complex cases should be referred to a genetic counselor, as our sister publication Pharmacogenomics Reporter says. The letter to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society came as a response to criticism from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered's Lisa Schlager who said at the SACGHS meeting in October that she thought "that Myriad’s sales representatives discourage doctors and other healthcare providers from referring patients to genetics experts." The Yale Cancer Genetic Counseling blog has gone through the Myriad letter, pointing out what is fact and what is fiction. For example, Myriad cited one study supporting their argument that doctors can perform genetic counseling, but the Yale blog points out that "Myriad distributed the surveys for this study and included a $20 prepaid cash incentive with each survey [and] Myriad fails to mention that physicians in this study were frequently assisted by genetic counselors, nurse geneticists, or other counselors in providing genetic counseling."
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Mar 04, 2010