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Health insurers struggle to manage number, cost of genetic tests

from Managed Care

They say there are no stupid questions. But what about the questions that surprise us because they were asked? For several years, Michael Laposata, M.D., chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, has told the story about a doctor who ordered a common pharmacogenomic test to assess a patient's ability to metabolize clopidogrel (Plavix), a platelet inhibitor. The test identifies the variants of the CYP2C19 gene. more

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