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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Medicare contractor Palmetto GBA issued a draft local coverage determination last week proposing that it end coverage of Myriad Genetics' rheumatoid arthritis test Vectra DA.

Explaining its reasoning for ending coverage of Vectra DA, Palmetto cited recent studies that raise questions as to whether the test is effective in assessing disease activity in RA patients. The draft LCD also noted the lack of prospective clinical utility data on the test and the fact that it is not included in the 2015 American College of Rheumatology treatment guidelines.

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