By Turna Ray

Pharmacogenomic tests to guide treatment with Herceptin for breast cancer, Gleevec in chronic myelogenous leukemia, and Vectibix and Erbitux for colorectal cancer improve patient outcomes, an advisory panel for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decided last week. In its review of these and two other tests, however, the panel identified numerous evidence gaps that CMS and private payors would likely require before covering them more broadly.

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