Vectra Provides Important Information to Help Rheumatologists Identify
Patients at Increased Risk of Joint Damage
SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN), a global leader in personalized medicine, announced today that Bendcare, a large professional organization empowering community rheumatologists in the United States, has endorsed Vectra® testing for adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Bendcare focuses on the optimization of the patient journey and the specialty medical office through provider and patient education, product acquisition, and world-class products and data solutions, including a revolutionary prospective data analytics platform called Columbus.
“Our goal is to help our physician members optimize patient care and achieve the best possible outcomes for their patients with RA,” explained Kathryn Garrett, R.N., EVP of Payor Solutions, and Pathway & Therapeutics Chairperson at Bendcare. “We believe that Vectra’s ability to objectively assess disease activity and predict radiographic joint damage progression provides unique, important information beyond traditional measures of disease activity. This served as a basis for our decision to update the American Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates pathways to incorporate Vectra and integrate this measure into the Columbus repository.”
Vectra is the leading personalized medicine test for patients with RA, and it is used periodically to assess changes in disease activity. New data recently presented demonstrated that Vectra was three times better at predicting radiographic progression in patients with RA compared to historical measures of disease activity.
“We are pleased to see that the Bendcare organization recognizes the value Vectra brings to physicians and patients and supports Vectra testing for patients with RA,” said Elena Hitraya, M.D., Ph.D., a rheumatologist and chief medical officer, Myriad Autoimmune. “Vectra can help identify patients at increased risk of disease progression. This knowledge will assist physicians when choosing the appropriate therapeutic regimen and needed frequency for disease monitoring and assessment.”
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that mainly attacks the body’s joints, leading to significant morbidity and financial burden. Approximately 60 percent of people with inadequately treated RA are unable to work by a decade after its onset. The American College of Rheumatology estimates that RA affects 1.3 million people in the United States.
Bendcare, LLC is a management services and technology innovation organization to America’s largest rheumatology group practice, American Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates (AARA) operating in 22 states. With over 160 providers since its inception in 2015, AARA gives physicians the ability to empower patients with lifelong chronic diseases. With the new infrastructure solutions powered by Bendcare, rheumatologists can optimize and simplify their practice, and the care team can focus on quality outcomes, improved patient satisfaction, and stable practice performance in defining Value-based Reimbursement. For more information, please visit www.Bendcare.com.
Vectra is a multi-biomarker molecular blood test that provides an objective and personalized measure of inflammatory disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Vectra demonstrates unsurpassed ability to predict radiographic progression and guides medical management decisions to improve patient outcomes. Vectra testing is performed at a state-of-the-art CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) facility. Test results are reported to the physician five to seven days from shipping of the specimen. Physicians can receive test results by fax or the private web portal, VectraView. For more information on Vectra, please visit: www.vectrada.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 five strategic imperatives: build upon a solid hereditary cancer foundation, growing new product volume, expanding reimbursement coverage for new products, increasing RNA kit revenue internationally and improving profitability with Elevate 2020. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's website: www.myriad.com.
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