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Medco Research Institute® and AssureRx Health Initiate Pilot Program to Evaluate Adoption and Clinical Impact of Pharmacogenetic Testing for Selection of Psychotropic Medications
Date:5/11/2011

d CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited genotyping laboratory followed by the issuance of a lab report to the patients' prescribing physician and to the Medco Research Institute. Participants' pharmacy and medical claims will be followed for a one-year period post testing. The patients who receive the test will be compared to matched controls from Medco's longitudinal pharmacy and medical claims databases.

The PREDICT PSYMEDS pilot is expected to determine whether members will become more adherent to their medications and have fewer medical claims after being genotyped with GeneSightRx.

James S. Burns, president and CEO of AssureRx, added: "This large pilot program will further validate that GeneSightRx can help physicians select the appropriate psychotropic medications for each patient, improve adherence and drug safety, and decrease health care costs. Medco's commitment to this pilot program supports our goal of building a leading medical informatics company providing treatment decision support products to help physicians individualize the treatment of patients with neuropsychiatric and other disorders."

About GeneSightRx

GeneSightRx® is a laboratory developed genetic test that uses cutting edge technology to measure and analyze clinically important genetic variants in psychiatric medicine. The results of the report can help a doctor understand the way a patient's unique genetic makeup may affect certain psychiatric drugs. The analysis is based on pharmacogenetics, the study of the genetic factors that influence an individual's response to drug treatments, the FDA-approved manufacturer's drug label, and scientifically valid published reports and/or proven pharmacology. Quick turnaround time, combined with a customized report of the patient's genetic makeup, clinical experience and other factors can help a physician make personalized drug treatment choices for each indi
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