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Myriad Genetics, VA to Assess Genetic Test for Major Depressive Disorder

07:02 EST 10 Nov 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Myriad Genetics, through its Assurex Health subsidiary, said today it will partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to assess the company's GeneSight ® genetic test in veterans diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). GeneSight will be evaluated in the PRIME Care (PRecision Medicine In MEntal Health Care) study, a randomized clinical trial designed to show the effectiveness of providing veterans suffering from depression, and their providers, the results of pharmacogenomic testing for psychotropic medications via GeneSight ( NCT03170362 ). The study is designed to show whether and how patients and providers use genetic test results given to them at the time an antidepressant is to be initiated to treat MDD, and whether use of the test results improves patient outcomes. According to the VA, approximately 20% of the 2.6 million veterans who deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan as part of the nation’s War on Terror ...

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