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NEW YORK – The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced the approval of AstraZeneca and Merck's olaparib (Lynparza) for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients with homologous recombination repair deficiency.

The agency simultaneously also approved two companion diagnostics that may be used to identify best responders to this drug: Myriad Genetics' BRACAnalysis CDx to identify patients with germline BRCA1/2 mutations, and Foundation Medicine's FoundationOne CDx to identify patients with HRR-mutated genes.

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As cases of COVID-19 continued to grow this spring and summer in the US, so too did the number of Emergency Use Authorizations from the FDA for clinical diagnostic tests aimed at detecting current and past infections.