Aetna Publishes Favorable Coverage Policy for ThyGenX™, Interpace Diagnostics' Thyroid Mutation Panel

Jul 06, 2015, 13:37 ET from PDI, Inc.

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PDI, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDII) subsidiary Interpace Diagnostics announced today that effective June 2015, ThyGenX™,i the company's genetic mutation panel, has been approved by Aetna for assessing fine needle aspiration (FNA) samples from indeterminate thyroid nodules. Aetna's coverage decision now means that ThyGenX is considered medically necessary.  Aetna covers 46 million lives and its positive coverage decision brings the total number of lives covered for ThyGenX to more than 100 million.

Approximately 15-30% of the 525,000 thyroid FNA's performed on an annual basis are indeterminate based on standard cytological evaluation, and thus are candidates for ThyGenX.  ThyGenX has been validated in a prospective, clinical study involving over 600 patients and has a specificity rate of 89%.ii

Guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) indicate that molecular diagnostic approaches may be useful in the evaluation of thyroid FNA samples that are indeterminate to assist in patient management, including identifying patients who are appropriate candidates for surgery and those for whom surveillance is appropriate.

According to Nancy Lurker, PDI's CEO, "Aetna's decision results in the first major commercial coverage for ThyGenX and it continues to affirm the value that ThyGenX offers to patients with indeterminate cytology for thyroid FNAs.  We are pleased that Aetna's members now have access to ThyGenX, a test already validated through peer-reviewed publications and that can help reduce unnecessary thyroid surgeries."  

About PDI, Inc.

PDI is a leading healthcare commercialization company providing go-to-market strategy and execution to established and emerging pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics and healthcare companies in the United States through its Commercial Services business, and developing and commercializing molecular diagnostic tests through its Interpace Diagnostics business. PDI's Commercial Services is focused on providing outsourced pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic sales teams to its corporate customers. PDI's Interpace Diagnostics is focused on developing and commercializing molecular diagnostic tests, leveraging the latest technology and personalized medicine for better patient diagnosis and management. For more information about us, please visit www.pdi-inc.com.

About ThyGenX

Interpace Diagnostics' ThyGenX™ Thyroid Oncogene Panel molecular diagnostic test is used to improve surgical decision-making for patients with thyroid nodules when standard cytopathology does not provide a clear diagnosis of thyroid cancer. ThyGenX assists physicians in distinguishing between benign and malignant indeterminate thyroid nodules by utilizing state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify more than 100 genetic alterations associated with papillary and follicular thyroid carcinomas, the two most common forms of thyroid malignancies. The ThyGenX panel design is based on the miRInform® test, whose high predictive value has been validated in a recent prospective clinical study involving over 600 patients. Interpace Diagnostics acquired the miRInform test from Asuragen in 2014, and has now enhanced it by upgrading to a NGS platform which provides greater genomic insights and increased panel content. 

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i  ThyGenX is adapted and rebranded from Asuragen's miRInform®

ii   Labourier, Emmanuel et al. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2015): jc-2015.http://press.endocrine.org/doi/abs/10.1210/jc.2015-1158. Accessed July 1, 2015.

 

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