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Veracyte Announces That New Study Suggests The Number Of Patients At Risk For Unnecessary Thyroid Surgery Is Likely On The Rise
Date:4/17/2013

ut they had benign conditions. These surgeries are invasive, expensive, and typically result in lifelong thyroid hormone replacement therapy for the patient.

"Our Afirma® Thyroid FNA Analysis, with a genomic test at its core, can potentially help tens of thousands of patients whose thyroid nodules are actually benign avoid an unnecessary surgery, while also removing costs from the healthcare system." Ms. Anderson noted that hundreds of endocrinologists around the country already offer the genomic-based solution to their patients.

For the study, researchers analyzed utilization data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Standard Analytic File and a proprietary commercial insurance database of approximately 10 million claims. It is the first nationwide, population-based estimate of both public and private insurance claims databases to determine trends in surgeries due to thyroid nodules.

About the Afirma Thyroid FNA Analysis
Veracyte's Afirma Thyroid FNA Analysis is designed to improve thyroid nodule diagnosis. The solution combines expert cytopathology assessment of thyroid nodule FNA samples with the company's Afirma Gene Expression Classifier, a genomic test used to reclassify inconclusive results as benign or suspicious for cancer, and thus help patients avoid unnecessary surgery if their nodules are actually benign. The Afirma test is the only molecular test clinically validated in prospective, multicenter, double-blinded trials to meet the criteria of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for safely monitoring thyroid nodules in lieu of diagnostic surgery. The test is covered for Medicare and other insured patients and is available throughout the U.S. through a global co-promotion partnership with Genzyme, a Sanofi company.

About Veracyte
Veracyte, Inc., based in South San Francisco, Calif., is a privately held molecular diagnostics company pioneering the emerging
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