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The available data suggests PGx may be useful in managing medications for COVID-19 patients and in helping people struggling with the mental health impact of the pandemic.
Invitae said YouScript and Genelex will enable it to provide pharmacogenomic testing, while Diploid will help interpret WGS results.
A study of the detection of potential adverse drug events or interactions found that using PGx information led to better prediction of serious issues, despite no significant change overall.
Genelex is hoping that a recently published randomized-controlled trial will help it get on better footing with Medicare.
The deal could bolster Genelex's business, but CEO Kristine Ashcraft is hopeful that the integration with Epic Systems a sign of growing acceptance of pharmacogenetic testing.
The company's recent experience demonstrates the impasse between genetic test developers and payors about the types of clinical evidence needed for coverage.
Palmetto has informed test developers via its MolDx program that they must register and bill panel tests that gauge multiple molecular markers using a single CPT code and a unique identifier.
European Commission Approves Vertex's Personalized CF Drug Kalydeco
Janet Thornton, the director of the European Bioinformatics Institute, has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her contribution to bioinformatics.
By Turna Ray
Two recently published pharmacogenetic analyses looking at the impact of CYP2D6 alleles on tamoxifen response found no evidence that patients who harbor these mutations fail to respond to the hormone therapy.
According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.
CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.
Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.
In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.