SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Assurex Health, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN), today announced that a poster featuring the GeneSight® test will be presented at the Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) Psychopharmacology Congress being held Nov. 3-6, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
In this subanalysis of a previously published study, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experienced significant cost savings when decisions congruent with the GeneSight report were made by healthcare providers. In the previously published study, congruency with the GeneSight test was shown to deliver significant cost savings for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD).
“We believe that GeneSight has the potential to improve outcomes for patients being treated with psychotropic drugs and eliminate a significant amount of waste in our healthcare system,” said Bryan M. Dechairo, Ph.D., chief medical and science officer, Assurex Health. “We look forward to sharing these data with the medical community and payers.”
Below is a summary of the featured presentation at NEI (#NEI2016).
Title: GeneSight Psychotropic Decreases Medication Costs for Patients with Anxiety and Bipolar Disorders in a Large, Prospective Case-Control Project
Presenter: Kim Horn.
Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016: 6:00-7:30 p.m. MT.
This study assessed the economic utility of the GeneSight test for 318 patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) when healthcare providers made decisions congruent with the GeneSight test report. Patients in the GeneSight-guided group of the previously published study were subdivided into two groups. The first group included patients whose healthcare provider made treatment decisions congruent with the GeneSight test report. The second group included patients whose provider made treatment decisions incongruent with the test report. The analysis compared total medication costs between the congruent and incongruent groups for patients based on their diagnosis of GAD.
The results showed that, for GAD patients, the savings for congruent versus incongruent decisions was $6,747 per member per year ($5736 vs $12,483, p<0.004). Importantly, GAD patients experienced greater savings in CNS medications (2-fold), antineoplastic medications (2.5-fold) and gastroenterology medications (2.8-fold). Patients with comorbid GAD and MDD whose medication regimens were congruent with the GeneSight test had the highest cost savings of any group ($10,573). This subanalysis showed significant cost savings for GAD patients when healthcare providers made decisions congruent with the GeneSight test report. Much of the cost savings came from classes of medicines used in primary care.
Anxiety disorders are commonly seen in the primary care setting and are often associated with comorbid medical illnesses, such as heart disease, migraine headaches and back pain for which patients with anxiety often seek help from their primary care provider. The GeneSight test may have enabled healthcare providers to more appropriately treat the underlying anxiety disorder, thereby reducing the number of physical complaints that previously required medication. Additionally, the previously published study showed that patients whose treatment was guided by the GeneSight test experienced increased adherence and reduced polypharmacy, which may have also contributed to cost savings associated with primary care medications.
About The GeneSight® Test
GeneSight testing helps healthcare providers make better treatment decisions based on a person's genetic makeup. GeneSight testing is based on advanced CPGx® technology, a patented approach that analyzes variations and combinations of a person's genes along with FDA-approved medications for behavioral health conditions and chronic pain. Peer-reviewed, published studies have proven its clinical benefits and substantial healthcare cost savings. More than 15,000 healthcare professionals have used GeneSight with over 400,000 patients. Learn more at www.GeneSight.com.
About Assurex Health
Assurex Health, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc., is an informatics-based, personalized medicine company providing treatment decision support to healthcare providers for behavioral health and chronic pain conditions. Assurex helps people achieve mental wellness with advanced CPGx®, a proprietary combinatorial pharmacogenomics technology that provides individualized treatment support for neuropsychiatric conditions. Assurex Health is the only company in the category with multiple peer-reviewed, published studies that demonstrate the clinical validity and clinical utility of the GeneSight® test, including its substantial healthcare cost savings benefit. The Company has grown every quarter and has expanded internationally through a partnership with Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). For more on how Assurex Health is helping people gain mental wellness, visit www.AssurexHealth.com.
About Myriad Genetics
Myriad Genetics Inc., is a leading personalized medicine company dedicated to being a trusted advisor transforming patient lives worldwide with pioneering molecular diagnostics. Myriad discovers and commercializes molecular diagnostic tests that: determine the risk of developing disease, accurately diagnose disease, assess the risk of disease progression, and guide treatment decisions across six major medical specialties where molecular diagnostics can significantly improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. Myriad is focused on three strategic imperatives: transitioning and expanding its hereditary cancer testing markets, diversifying its product portfolio through the introduction of new products and increasing the revenue contribution from international markets. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's website: www.myriad.com.
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