By Turna Ray

The recent approval of Pfizer's non-small cell lung cancer treatment Xalkori along with a companion test developed by Abbott Molecular serves as the latest example of how drug and diagnostic developers can use pharmacogenomic strategies to speed up drug development.

Xalkori's approval as an orphan drug also represents the successful use of available regulatory incentives to develop a drug that meets the unmet needs of a small, genomically defined patient subpopulation.

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