First Expedited NGS Test Breaks Through FDA Review
FDA has approved FoundationOne CDx, the first next-generation sequencing test to clear the agency's expedited access pathway as a breakthrough-designated diagnostic. The companion diagnostic also nabbed a positive national Medicare coverage propose simultaneously thanks to the FDA/CMS Parallel Review Program.
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